January 26, 2011

Daddy's Bedtime Story

It had been a pretty rough evening, the kids were fighting and screaming and dragging their feet at every request. And in many instances, just flat out not listening. Both Luke and I were getting rather frustrated.

After our attempt at scripture reading and family prayer, which I doubt any of us heard above the continuous streams of wiggles and screams, Luke and I finally put the kids to bed.

I usually end up putting the girls down, since that seems to be Alayna's preference, and Luke will put the boys to bed. The girl's will often prefer a song before bed, while the boys generally prefer a story.

I already had the girl's down and was in the kitchen when I overheard the following.

Boys: Story, daddy, story!

Daddy: *sigh of frustration, deep breath* Fine.

Once upon a time, there was a little frog who didn't listen and obey his daddy after his daddy told him not to go into the road. So one day he hopped into the road where he got ran over by a truck and was squished flat like a pancake.

Then  a woodpecker came along and scrapped him off the road, fried him up and ate him like a sandwich, all because he didn't listen to his daddy.

The End.


I couldn't help but laugh as I listened, and when Luke appeared in the kitchen a minute later, I asked, "Did you really just tell them a story about a frog who got squished and eaten by a woodpecker?"

Luke broke out into a huge grin and answered, "That's right. Cause that's when happens when you don't listen to daddy."

Remind me to never encourage him to write a children's book.

Especially one with a moral.

28 super cool people speak:

Amanda Joy said...

This is such a great post. It was a great way to start the workday. Sorry it was a rough night. We have been delaing with it too in the form of trying to get Asher to wear regular clothes out in public. The kid is obsessed with his jammies:)

Kristina P. said...

hey, that sounds like my kind of story!

Sue said...

Hilarious. Thanks for the much-needed chuckle this morning.

=)

Brittney said...

HAHAHAHAHA Way to go Luke

Neisha said...

LOL!!!!!!!!! That's a great story! :)

T said...

if he writes it I REALLY want some good illustrations... especially the fried up frog sandwich part :)

Lisa said...

I LOVE it. Especially with the moral. Short, sweet, to the point, the point being YOU WILL DIE IN THE ROAD IF YOU DON'T OBEY ME. Good one. :)

Rachel Sue said...

Dad's do say it best. please let me know if it actually works! :)

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Those are the BEST kinds of stories...my kids just eat them up...much like the woodpecker!

Jess said...

hahahah! Like a good ol' German GRIMMS Fairy tale-- short, grusome, and to the point.

Nice Luke.

Mama Smith said...

Seems to me...he has has the right kind MESSAGE....going....He should come up with more...Even if mothers won't buy the book...FATHERS will! (smile)

iamwoman said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! One time I was reading a fairytale that Brianna wrote for school that ended with "Then the princess and the king got shot and died and that was the end of their kingdom."

NICE.

His story was awesome;)

Saimi said...

Best story ever!! I should tell a similar story to the preschoolers then conclude with..."That's what happens when you don't listen to the teacher!"

ldsjaneite said...

Oh, I don't know. I'm pretty sure that book would totally fly off the shelves! I had such cute squished frog images as I read this.

Let him write a few more short stories and they can be the new Aesop's fables for today's kids.

The Bagley Family said...

lol That produced a good *snort* from me...(*snorts* in place of laughter means it was REALLY funny..I have been hiding my TRUE form of laughter for years but now and then something really funny makes it unearth)

Patty Ann said...

Only a dad would think of a story like that one!! I'll bet the kids thought it was great though!

nikib4kids said...

Hahahahaha! That is awesome! Love it!

Larsen said...

does that story have a copyright on it?? may i have your permission to use it?? that is awesome!!!

kyle

Sara Lyn said...

Love that story!

Michelle said...

Ya know, he actually SHOULD write books like that. Maybe kids would be more respectful. . . :)
P.S. It reminds me of some old German fairytales "Struwwelpeter" (I hope I spelled that right). In one of them the main character refuses the food his mom serves him, and gets so thin he looks like a pencil and then he dies, and the last picture shows his headstone. (A children's book! I kid you not!)

Garden of Egan said...

I feel a bad dream coming on!
That's hilarious.

I remember those days of having to divide and conquer to achieve bedtime.

Seth said...

Hahaha! Nice one Luke. When's this book getting published? I've already started the illustrations. :P

Cheeseboy said...

People tell me all the time that I should write a children's book but when I tell my boys stories, they are very much like your husband's. - - Although the bird getting eaten is actually a little disturbing.

Valerie said...

Men are so funny. :) Hope your boys weren't terrified like my daughter would be. hehe

ailinh harris said...

Oh, too great. Your husband is such a ham!

hjsmith said...

I loved the story. I think Luke should write kids books. Choice and consequence(: hehehe then maybe our little monsters would listen coming from someone else and not just us.....I will be using that one probably tonight(:

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Great bedtime story--short and to the point!

Mrs4444 said...

I don't know....It could be a best-seller!

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