‘Sing Your Address’ Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

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*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…lots of snow!  Here is his story:

Baby Frederico was excited about winter and snow and snow sledding and snowballs and snow ice cream and icicles and snowmen and trying to ride his bike on the long snow-packed driveway that ran from his garage to his mailbox.

There was just one thing, though, that he wanted more than anything – a snow day out of school.  He longed for it.  He prayed for it.  He held his breath every time he watched the local weatherman give his hopeful snowy forecast.  Surely someday there would be enough snow to get him out of school, for Baby Frederico desperately wanted that someday to be this week. It needed to be a very big snow that would make the roads impassable and encourage teachers, especially his teacher, to stay home and drink hot chocolate!

This was Kindergarten and Baby Frederico had been thinking about something that brought all kinds of worry into his little brain – during Circle Time, the teacher was going to ask each student to stand up and recite their home address and tell something about themselves, all by themselves.  He couldn’t stand the thought of it. Not only did he not know his address, but he didn’t know anything about himself that the other kids would think was interesting. He had a long green tail, two eyes, two ears, four legs, and he was in kindergarten…what else was he supposed to say!

That night at dinner Baby Frederico told his Momma and Papa about his troubles. They listened carefully and then his Papa smiled and said, “I’ve got it! You can sing your address and then tell them about your comic book collection. They’ll love it!”

That night, Baby Frederico and his Papa made up a funny tune that would help him easily remember his address. They gathered up three of his favorite comic books and put them in his book bag. No longer was BF worried and he slept peacefully through the night.

The next day there was enough snow that school was cancelled, so BF sang his address all day long and couldn’t wait for school to start again.

‘Glad & Hope-y’ 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!

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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!