Stay in Bed, Sleepyhead

SLEEPYHEADby Michelle Lynn Senters
706 words

(ART NOTE: Tommy’s dog is a constant companion throughout the story and often mirrors Tommy’s feelings and actions.)

 

Little Tommy Joe was awake.
WIDE-awake and that was the problem.

Tommy’s mother tucked him into bed. She pulled the covers under his chin and gave him a kiss on the nose.
“Stay in bed, Sleepyhead,” she whispered.
Out went the light and Tommy tried to close his eyes.

Perhaps it was hunger that kept Tommy awake. He could hear his stomach grumble and growl and grunt. Tommy suddenly realized he needed food immediately.

So, he crawled out of bed, tiptoed into the kitchen, and got himself a snack.
Out came the pickles, the sausages, the peanut butter, and cake. Out came the pineapple, the mustard, the cookies, and pie.
“Tommy Joe,” said his father. “You should be in bed.”
“But, I’m hungry,” said Tommy.

His father picked him up, gave him a cracker, and carried him back to the bedroom. 
Soon, Tommy was all tucked in with the covers under his chin and a kiss on the forehead.
“Stay in bed, Sleepyhead,” said his father.
Out went the light and Tommy tried to close his eyes.

Perhaps it was thirst that kept Tommy awake. He licked his lips, stuck out his tongue, and panted. Tommy suddenly realized he needed a drink immediately.

So, he crawled out of bed, tiptoed into the kitchen, and got himself a drink.
Out came the apple juice, the orange juice, the soda, and tea. Out came the milk, the coffee, the ice cubes, and cups.
“Tommy JOE,” said his mother. “It’s WAY past your bedtime.”
“But, I’m thirsty,” said Tommy.

His mother picked him up, gave him a drink of water, and carried him back to the bedroom. Soon, Tommy was all tucked in with the covers under his chin and a kiss on the nose.
“Stay in BED, Sleepyhead,” said his mother.
Out went the light and Tommy tried to close his eyes.

Perhaps it was sticky fingers that kept Tommy awake. He sat up in bed and pressed his hands together and pulled them apart again. Tommy suddenly realized he needed a bath immediately.

So, he jumped out of bed and ran down the hall yelling, “I’m sticky! I’m sticky!”
Out came the water, the soap, the shampoo, and bubble bath. Out came the shaving cream, the toothpaste, the lotion, and towels.
“TOMMY JOE,” yelled his father. “Get BACK to BED!”
“But I was was sticky and Lucky Ducky wanted a bath.”
His father picked him up, washed his fingers, and carried him back to the bedroom. Soon, Tommy was all tucked in with a kiss on the forehead and the covered tucked very tightly into the mattress.
“Stay in bed, Sleepyhead.” Do NOT get up again,” insisted his father.
Out went the light and Tommy tried to close his eyes.

Perhaps it was the monsters that kept Tommy awake. Shadows loomed from across the room and called to Tommy with long howls. Tommy suddenly realized he needed his Mommy and Daddy immediately.

This time, he didn’t crawl out of bed. He didn’t jump out of bed. He hid under the covers and…out came the whimpering, the sniffling, the crying, and screaming. Out came the growling, the howling, the barking, and yipping.

“TOMMY JOE,” said his parents. “What’s all this racket about?”
Tommy pointed to the shadows.
“Monsters,” he whispered.
Tommy’s parents turned on the light. They pulled him from beneath the covers and explained how light and shadows play tricks on a little boy’s mind.
Soon, Tommy was all tucked in with the covers under his chin and a kiss on the nose and forehead.
“Stay in BED, Sleepyhead,” his parents pleaded. Out went the light and….

“WAIT,” yelled Tommy. “We forgot to read a story.”
Tommy’s mother and father took a deep breath and turned on the light. They climbed onto his bed and soon, they were all cuddled together with Tommy’s favorite book.
Tommy opened the cover and looked at the pictures.
“Once upon a time…” he began.
And out came the stories of kings and queens and dragons and castles. Out came stories of princes and princesses and wizards and giants.
Tommy read and read and read.

It was definitely the snoring that kept Tommy awake.
“Stay in bed, Sleepyheads,” he whispered.
(ART NOTE: On the last page, Tommy is wide awake and grinning in bed while his parents and dog are sound asleep beside him.)


Michelle Lynn Senters
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