He had wide eyes under long lashes

Sitting criss cross applesauce

In a sea of faces

Intent on every word I brought to life

Danny followed me with those warm brown eyes


Against teachers and rules

As though guided by something unseen

Danny stood up from the crowd

Stepped over…and between

Fingers and toes

Around the edges of knees and elbows

To come right to my side

Everyone went quiet…

Watching what next

His tiny arms wrapped about me

His face buried against

As though…

He was trying to say…

Don’t go

Please stay

I am so small


Life is so big

All of these maybe

And something else perhaps

His gentle arms opened wide

Reaching for a safe place

for a little one to hide

Danny returned to sit with his friends

I finished the story

Together we sang

Of grumpy brown bears

And slow turtles who greet

With a cowabunga dude

As they dance down the street

Years from now

I will not recall the title of the picture book

Or even the weather of the day

But I shall remember

Little Danny

And my tear that slipped away


I read to preschoolers twice a week now. It used to be once a week but the younger class wanted in on the fun…and, now it’s twice. The children are from low income families. Some of them are under the protection of CPS and have stories that I don’t know. I only know that when we read together they remind me of many things –

The louder one sings, the better

Which number comes after “2”

Silliness is directly proportional to good health

If you hiccup around 20 children, they will hiccup back

You will have a hiccup fest

The sound a cat makes…in stereo


Batman is pretty awesome!

And Wonder Woman!!

And Dinosaurs…

Oh, and sprinkle donuts make really good mouse ears

Mostly they teach me that the loveliest gifts are simple ones and I am better for learning. It is a privilege and a joy to spend time laughing and singing with them. So, I ask you…

What made you smile today?

Would you read a bedtime story to a chicken?

However do you hug a porcupine?

Are dragons good at hide and seek?

What do you think a giraffe says?

And could he be friends with a turtle?

Have you ever looked up in a dark night sky and watched as animals roller skate across the moon…

And while you were out there did you wish upon a star?


ellie894 November 15, 2018

46 thoughts on “Danny, dinosaurs and hiccups…

  1. Oh this is so gorgeous. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Tonight I met with my old friend Joe (she insists on the male spelling) and she and I always laugh until we cry. Tonight was no exception as we went for a meal and I decided not to have a pudding with bananas in it. I said “let’s say if I do have it, I won’t need to put fuel in my car to get me home” We then made farting noises and car noises much to the confusion/dismay of people on the other tables.

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  2. It must be a gift to read to children, how wonderful that you choose to and get to do it !

    “However Do You Hug a Porcupine” is an awesome title for a book… is it one you read to them or or one you maybe could write? 🙂

    Criss-cross applesauce!

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    1. I’m very fortunate to be able to read to them. It is a gift 🌷

      A few weeks ago I read a book about a little boy who called himself a “hug machine”. He went around hugging Everyone and Everything including a porcupine who feared that he was un huggable! It was a really fun story!

      Criss-cross applesauce hands in your lap, ready to listen. We always start with a song 🎶 about how the more we read together the happier we’ll be. Then off we go into the stories.

      Thank you for your kind comments 😊

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  3. Those questions you raised, I’ve asked myself. I wouldn’t tell you my answers, which aren’t impressive in any sense. Now I’ve read the questions again, a turtle you mentioned. Oh yes, this time I can tell you, the story between a turtle and me. Have you ever noticed the eyes of a turtle, the way he looks at you, the gentleness, or is it sadness? Let me tell you, in the way we usually do. Take care, Suzanne ❤️

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