‘A Friend In Need’ – 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…’Good Luck Charlie!’  Here is his story:

It was Friday morning and Baby Frederico was shivering as he stood at the bus stop waiting for his best buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper and the school bus.  The weather was cold and snowy, but not cold and snowy enough to close school and Baby Frederico was disappointed.  He knew that it would only take Grenelda and her funny stories to make him feel better.  Why was she late this morning?  If she didn’t arrive soon, the bus would come and leave without her and she might have to miss school.

Baby Frederico couldn’t stand the thought of it.  He was in the Third Grade and he didn’t have too many good friends to sit with at lunch or play with at recess.  Grenelda was his best buddy and she was great at it.  She knew just what he was thinking and laughed at the same things that he did and, when math was too hard or he didn’t do well on a geography map test, Grenelda was always there to help.  She was especially good at math and knew where every continent in the world was without even looking at a map anymore!  She was also the happiest friend he knew and she enjoyed reading and running and playing music and making up stories, just like he did.  No wonder they were friends…and no wonder Baby Frederico was worried that she was not going to get to the bus stop in time to make it to school.

Suddenly, there was the big yellow bus coming to a stop in front of him, and Baby Frederico could not see Grenelda anywhere.  When he climbed up the steps to look for a seat on the bus, his favorite Bus Driver smiled his usual great, big toothy smile and said, “Baby Frederico!  How are you doing on this bright and sunny day” (which he said even when it was not a bright and sunny day)?

“Not very well,” Baby Frederico grumped.  “Grenelda didn’t make it this morning so I am going to have to sit all by myself.  I’ll have to eat lunch by myself and play at recess by myself.  Why don’t you just take me home instead…”

The Bus Driver smiled and said, “I have just the solution to your problem my little green friend!”

With that, he looked in the long mirror above him and motioned to someone in the seat behind him.  It was a little green frog and he smiled timidly as the happy Bus Driver introduced him to Baby Frederico.  He said, “Baby Frederico let me introduce you to your new friend Noah.  This is his very first day to ride in a school bus and his very first day at our school.”

The Bus Driver turned to Noah and said, “Baby Frederico is something else.  He knows which seats are the softest and which windows are the easiest to open on my school bus, and he even knows all the shortcuts through the hallways and how to open just about any lock on a locker!”  He laughed as he pulled the big yellow school bus back onto the road.

Baby Frederico sat down beside Noah and introduced himself.  They talked and discovered all kinds of friend things about each other.  They both liked Avengers comic books and they were both in the third grade and they both even liked being green.  Baby Frederico thought to himself, “Maybe this day won’t be so bad after all.”

And guess what….he was right.


‘My Great Nomie’ – 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…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).

Bayjird (naked).

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.


‘The Mountain Part 2’ – Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. The backstory can be found here. Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, blue crayons, popcorn…and Spider-man comic books; but he still did not like to stop and wait. Here is PART TWO of his story (click here for part one):

Stuck as stuck could be – that’s what Baby Frederico had become when he slipped and fell down into a hole while he was climbing up a mountain with his family, whom he had refused to stop and wait for because they were soooooooo slow.

And now, here he was; stuck as stu—-wait. What was that sound? It reminded him of something familiar, but he couldn’t place it. It was also growing louder and seemed to be moving closer to him. He decided to stop and wait and listen – which was all he could do anyway – and see what might happen next.

Suddenly, pebbles began to roll down into the hole. This could only mean one thing. Someone or something, along with that strangely familiar sound, was nearby.

“Hi there,” a friendly and high-pitched voice called out from above. “Why are you down there?”

Baby Frederico was surprised…but there was something he liked about this voice and said, “I slid down here and now I’m stuck as stuck can be.”

“Wow! I love to slide! Here I come,” said the excited voice. And before Baby Frederico could say, “Stop! Don’t do it or we’ll both be stuck down here,” a beautifully green and brown grasshopper slid right down into the hole with him…and she was laughing all the way!

“Why are you laughing? Now we’re both stuck,” said Baby Frederico with his most frustrated voice. “We’ll never get out of here.”

“Don’t worry my little long-tailed friend. I’m a grasshopper and I can get us out of here with just one hop! For my name is Grenelda and hopping is my game,” she said dramatically as she began to laugh again. “Grab on and we’ll be out of here in less time than it takes to play a quarter note on Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet!”

Baby Frederico was confused and interested, all at the same time, so he took her by the arm and, with the quickest jump you’ve ever seen, the two were out of that hole in no time at all.

Baby Frederico’s family was just coming around the bend in the path below him and they were surprised to see him and his new friend springing right up in front of them! With concern in his voice, Papa said, “Baby Frederico, where have you been?”

Baby Frederico was ashamed to admit that he had been mad at them for being so slow. “Well papá, it is a long story and I’m sorry I ran off. I’ll explain it all to you as we finish climbing this mountain…together.”

Papá Frita smiled; Mama Mia let out a sigh of relief; and Baby Frederico’s grandparents sat down to rest. The entire Frederico Family would indeed make it to the top of the mountain, more certain than ever that they would make it to the top together. Baby Frederico also learned something that surprised him most of all – stopping and waiting can lead to a whole new adventure…and maybe even a brand new friend.

Which reminded him! Baby Frederico was so glad to be back with his family and out of danger that he nearly forgot to introduce everyone to Grenelda the Grasshopper. But when he looked around, she was gone. He wondered if she had hopped so hard to get them out of the hole that she might have hopped right out into space. If that was the case, he was glad he let go!

Still, he couldn’t help but wonder – where did she go and what was that strange, happy music that he could already hear again coming from somewhere down the mountain?

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