Traces of baby and toddler were long gone. My man child climbed over body pillows and disheveled duvet cover to plop a pile of books onto my lap. Awkward limbs laid softly next to mine. “Which one tonight?” he asked with pleading doe eyes pointing to the heap in my lap. Smiling, I caught a whiff of cherry almond lotion and peanut M&Ms he wasn’t suppose to eat. I told him to choose in an attempt to ward off any protest my choice could bring.
Magic Tree House Mummies In The Morning and Pete The Cat were top choice. Pete The Cat was saved for last he announced with a bit of a bounce. We prepared to travel with Jack and Annie to Egypt. At chapter’s end we had yet to depart.
Pete The Cat was losing buttons left and right and he kept his high spirits with a song about his four groovy buttons. I was taught the song so I could sing along. It was reading hour turned choir rehearsal but I didn’t mind.
Snapping fingers, clicking tongues and off key notes echoed from walls as we sang and laughed about Pete’s popping buttons. We laughed and laughed some more. And then, there was a fart; loud, strong and wrong.
“Did you just fart in my bed?” I cupped my hand over my nose protecting my nostrils as his entire face erupted in laughter followed by a crescendo of more farts. Each more offensive than the one before it.
Banished from my room, he danced away singing a new song. My farts, my farts, my four groovy farts.
Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature of a boy. – Unknown