‘Roll Over Frederico’ Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico


*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy! Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…Lego movies!  Here is his story:

Baby Frederico was not happy.  It had turned out to be an especially difficult day at school, which had given him a headache and a twisty-turny feeling in the pit of his stomach.

The trouble actually began in gym class, which surprised Baby Frederico because he and his friends generally loved the fun and games they were always sure to have in this class with their wonderful gym teacher, Mrs. Turnover.  Today, however, was a different story.

When the children first entered the gym, they noticed several dozen large red and blue mats spread across the floor.  The teacher asked them to find a friend and choose a mat anywhere on the glossy basketball court.  Baby Frederico and his best buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper chose a blue mat under one of the basketball goals and talked while they sat together and waited to see what would happen next.

Mrs. Turnover spread her mat out in the center of the court and the students listened while she explained that they would be learning to do some “tumbling” and other stretchy exercises over the next couple of weeks.  She talked about things like cartwheels, elbow stretches, neck rolls, leg planks, somersaults, headstands and tumbling forwards and backwards and sideways.

Baby Frederico didn’t have any idea what she was talking about with all of those crazy words.  He looked over at Grenelda, who was smiling a big smile and getting excited about the whole thing.  Baby Frederico was not smiling and he was not excited.  He didn’t know how to do any of those things and knew that he would mess up and embarrass himself.  He thought to himself, “Why do we have to learn new things all the time?  And why do we have to do it IN FRONT of everyone?”

Baby Frederico sat quietly and could feel his stomach start to tighten and his brain start to twist and turn with questions and worries.  There was only one thing he knew for certain – it was going to be a long two weeks at school.

(More ‘Roll Over Frederico’ next Thursday.  See you then!)