*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…grandmas! Here is his story:
Baby Frederico was very frustrated. It was the day before his wonderful great-grandmother’s 83rd birthday and the special homemade double-chocolate-with-chocolate-icing cupcakes that he and his best buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper had hoped to surprise her with were ruined – the middle was squishy and the bottoms were burnt. When Baby Frederico described them as “duds,” he and Grenelda began to laugh. The word, among so many others, was one of his great grandma’s favorite phrases…and she had many. They included:
You’re gettin’ pretty salty (talented).
That’s a real dud (not good).
We cooked nearly 24/7 (all the time).
Don’t take your picture (put some clothes on).
Hurry ever chance you get.
Pull you up by your bootstraps (growing taller).
Let’s nar up here (make some room for more people).
Is it time for a sato (tickling)?
Let’s take a minute and count those ribs (tickling)?
It scared me flat to death.
You’re a real cracker jack (smart).
Let’s get a measurement (are you taller than me yet).
As Grenelda joined Baby Frederico in making the list of her favorite sayings, they thought of all the funny things that she had taught them to do. She showed them:
how to play tennis
how to ride a scooter
how to bake cookies using cake mix
how to catch a ball
how to hula-hoop
how to sew
how to make coconut cake
how to play the piano
how to sing harmony
how to bake fried pies
how to make chocolate/peanut butter buckeyes
how to play hide and seek
how to jump rope double-dutch style
how to play a prank on great-grandpa
The list was so long and funny that Baby Frederico and Grenelda could not stop laughing. When they arrived for the party that night, Nomie had prepared a wonderful meal for all of the family. They gathered around the large dining room table and laughed and told stories and enjoyed the time. As they were leaving, Baby Frederico kissed his great-grandmother and she whispered in his ear, “You’re the best birthday present yet and I love you dearly.”
Baby Frederico smiled all the way home.