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Short Stories for Children of All Ages: So muchSo much

 

They weren’t doing anything

Mum and the baby, nothing really...

Then,

DING DONG!

“Oooooooh!”

 

Mum looked at the door,

the baby looked at Mum.

It was...

 

Auntie,

Auntie Bibba.

Auntie Bibba came inside with her

arms out wide, wide, wide

and one big, big smile.

 

 

“Oooooooh! she said.

“I want to squeeze him,

I want to squeeze the baby

I want to squeeze him

SO MUCH!”

 

And she sat the baby

on her knee

to play clap-clap,

stamp your foot,

then she read him a book.

“Mmmmmmm…”

 

They weren’t doing anything,

Mum and the baby and Auntie Bibba,

nothing really...

 

Then,

DING DONG!

“Hello, hello!”

 

Mum looked at the door,

Auntie Bibba looked at the baby,

the baby looked at Mum.

It was…

 

Uncle,

Uncle Didi.

Uncle Didi came inside

with his eyebrows

raise high, high, high

and his lips scrunch up

small, small, small.

“Hello, hello,” he said.

“I want to kiss him,

I want to kiss the baby,

I want to kiss him

SO MUCH!”

 

And he put the baby

on his shoulders,

and it felt shaky, shaky.

He flip-flap him over

till he nearly drop him.

“Aieeeeee!”

 

They weren’t doing anything,

Mum and the baby and

Auntie Bibba and Uncle Didi,

nothing really...

 

Then,

DING DONG!

“Yoooooo hoooooo!

Yoooooo hoooooo!”

 

Mum looked at the door,

Uncle Didi looked at Auntie Bibba,

Auntie Bibba looked at the baby,

the baby looked at Mum.

It was...

 

Nannie,

Nanie and Gran-Gran.

Nannie and Gran-Gran came inside

With their handbags cock up

to one side in their brolly hook up

on their sleeve.

“Yoooooo hoooooo!

Yoooooo hoooooo!” they said.

”I want to eat him,

I want to eat the baby,

I want to eat him

SO MUCH!”

 

And they hug him

and they love him

and they make him

feel so cosy,

singing songs and dancing

till it was time for sleeping

“Zzzzzzz…”

 

They weren’t doing anything,

Mum and the baby and Auntie Bibba

and Uncle Didi and Nannie

and Gran-Gran,

nothing really...

 

Then,

DING DONG!

“Hey, pow, pow!”

 

Mum looked at the door,

Nannie looked at Gran-Gran,

Gran-Gran looked at Uncle Didi,

Uncle Didi looked at Auntie Bibba,

Auntie Bibba looked at the baby.

It was…

 

Cousin,

Cousin Kay-Kay (and Big Cousin Ross).

Cousin Kay-Kay came inside

and he spin up his hat

round and round

and he do like he riding horsey,

giddy-up, giddy-up.

 

“Hey, pow, pow!” he said.

“I want to fight him,

I want to fight the baby,

I want to fight him

SO MUCH!”

 

 

And they wrestle

and they wrestle.

He push the baby first,

the baby hit him back.

He give the baby pinch,

the baby give him slap.

And then they laugh

and laugh and laugh.

“Huh huh huh!”

 

And the house was full, full, full,

and they sit down there

waiting for the next

DING DONG!

They wait and they wait

but it never come.

Mum said, “Is everybody all right?’“

and the baby and

Cousin start to fight again,

Nannie and Gran-Gran

take out cards and dominoes,

Uncle Didi start to slap

them down on the table,

and Auntie Bibba play

some records really loud.

Mum said, “What madness all around!”

 

They weren’t doing anything,

Mum and the baby and Auntie Bibba

and Uncle Didi and Nannie and

Gran-Gran and Cousin Kay-Kay,

nothing really...

 

Then,

DING DONG!

 

“I’m home!”

and everybody stopped.

Mum picked the baby up

and they all wait by the door...

 

 

“SURPRISE!”

everybody said,

and Mum said,

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!”

and everybody joined in.

 

Then Daddy rub the baby face

against the whiskers on his chin,

and Mum brought in the food

that she’d been cooking...

 

Everybody enjoyed the party.

 

And when it was time

for them to go

and everybody tired…

the baby wanted to play

some more.

Mum said, “No!”

She put him to bed,

but…

 

the baby played

bounce-bounce with Ted,

played bounce-bounce in his cot,

and he remembered

everybody saying

how they wanted

to SQUEEZE

and KISS

and EAT

and FIGHT him…

 

because they loved him

SO MUCH!

 

 

 

Trish Cooke

So much

London, Walker Books, 1994

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