*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…Star Wars valentine cards! Here is his story:
Baby Frederico worried on the bus ride all the way home from school. Mrs. Turnover, his very creative and very energetic gym teacher, had asked that all the students be ready to do some tumbling and somersaults the next day in class.
And though it may have sounded like great fun to his friend Grenelda the Grasshopper, it made Baby Frederico nervous and worried. He did not like to do things that he felt he would not do well or that would embarrass him in front of other people.
He kept his head down as he stepped off the bus and slowly trudged up the sidewalk to his house. Mamma Mia was sitting at the table working on her laptop as he entered the room. Mamma looked up.
“Baby Frederico, are you feeling alright? You don’t look well,” she said.
Through tears, Baby Frederico told her all about his dilemma. He had no idea what to do.
Momma Mia sat quietly and listened and thought over the problem with Baby Frederico. They talked and thought some more and wondered. Suddenly, Momma sprang from her chair and ran out of the room as she whispered, “I’ve got it!”
Baby Frederico ran after his mother and watched as she rushed into her bedroom and pulled the mattress from her bed onto the floor. And then, right before his eyes, Momma Mia began to somersault across it! She taught him how to kneel down and rest his arms over his knees and tuck his head just right before he pushed his feet up and rolled forward across the soft mattress.
He flipped and flopped the first few times, but was soon somersaulting and tumbling all over the house. By the next morning at school he was ready to show Mrs. Turnover just what he could do.
Later that day, as Baby Frederico and Grenelda tumbled across the gym floor and helped other kids learn how to do it, too, he smiled to himself. If he could learn to somersault, there was no telling what he might learn to do next!