*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, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn…and butterscotch pudding shakes; but he did not like to do things that he did not like to do. Here is his story:
Baby Frederico had already decided this was not going to be his favorite day. Why did his Mama Mia have to schedule all the worst things ever for the exact same day? First it would be an orthodontist appointment, then grocery shopping, a stop at the gas station and a run through the car wash (which kind of scared him, but don’t tell anyone), and finally home to do his chores and probably have to eat a plate full of peas and green beans for dinner (not his favorite vegetables by the way).
Mama could tell that Baby Frederico was not too happy about their plans for the day and wondered how to help.
“I have an idea,” she said. “Let’s make up a song about how much WE dislike all the things WE have to do today!”
This surprised Baby Frederico because he had always assumed that his Mama Mia loved making appointments for him to see the orthodontist, buying groceries and gasoline and car washes, doing chores, and eating mushy vegetables. Now he realized he might have been wrong!
He liked to sing and Mama loved to make up words to songs, so he agreed to her unusual plan.
“Great,” said Mama. “I’ll make up the words and you make up the tune!”
On that day, Baby Frederico learned how to truly sing his blues away. He and his musical Mama made up silly song after silly song.
But it was the end of every song that Baby Frederico loved best. It went like this: ‘Don’t be sad and mopey; just be glad and hope-y!’ Neither Mama nor Baby Frederico could say those words without smiling. And smiling changes everything.
So next time you feel down or mad or angry or sleepy or frustrated, shout it out at the top of your lungs: don’t be sad and mopey, just be glad and hope-y!