Save the Penguin!

The boys have a stuffed penguin. I’m not sure where it came from. They play with it from time to time, though I wouldn’t have considered it to be among their prized possessions. The other day Stephen noticed the penguin’s foot was coming off and asked me to sew it back together. I told him I would, but couldn’t at the moment. No more was said about it and I didn’t see or think about penguin again.

After putting the boys to bed last night I was in the kitchen washing the dishes and Adam asked if the boys were talking or crying. On entering the room I saw Isaac and Stephen in the same bed leaning over something and heard these mournful words: “I’m sorry, Penguin. I tried to save you. I’m sorry you’re dying!” With this both boys burst into all out wails over their beloved penguin. I was sorry of course they were so distraught, but it was all I could do to keep from laughing over the whole situation, especially when Adam came down to see what the matter was and I had to tell them it was over a stuffed penguin. I brought penguin upstairs for surgery–he was rather worse for wear with both feet separating, a hole in his back and a wing. After a bit of stitching I returned him to his devoted, sleeping guardians. I guess when we do our spring cleaning, penguin will be sticking around.


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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One Response to Save the Penguin!

  1. Billie Rakestraw says:

    Your boys are blessed to have you and Adam as parents.
    Love, Grandmother

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