Mommy, I don’t feel good. Cuddles abound, slumber arrives, sickness prevails. And so the night goes.
Morning dawns and sleepy eyes atop pale skin start welling up with tears. But it’s Pajama Seuss Day. No amount of cuddles will solve this heartbreak. Then, out of the corner of our eyes we spot a smile box right outside the window. It had spent the night outside in the cold. This momentary distraction brought only the slightest of grins. We do love our smile boxes filled with goodies, usually books. In this case, cold, soothing books.
So we join B.J. Novak and commence in a raucous read aloud complete with nonsense words and sounds that no grown woman should make. I get a faint giggle.
But everyone is wearing pajamas. At school Momma.
So we put on fun and silly pajamas and delve into Herve Tullet and his gang of mysterious creatures to get drawn into creating a book with them. There are important decisions to be made here. Another faint giggle.
But we’re all in the gym now with our blankets reading momma.
So we pull the well-loved Dr. Seuss from the shelf and argue back and forth Sam I am style. Even though green eggs and ham are not really what you should be thinking about when you’re feeling under the weather. So we pull out the fish ice chips a la red fish, blue fish because that is what a fragile tummy can handle. No giggle this time.
But it’s just you and me momma. I don’t have any friends at home.
So we gather as many fuzzy friends as we can and cuddle close together and count all the wackiness we can find on that one Wednesday, and see what trouble the Cat in the Hat can cause that one day, we laugh at the spots that want to be in the zoo and we giggle at the big fat cows that go kapow.
I know it’s not the same. Momma delivers on the read aloud, but not like her teacher, our house is not school, pajamas always grace our room, and our fuzzy friends are not our living, breathing besties.
But I hope that the moments given to us by all our author friends, help to fill a little bit of that big ol’ Dr. Seuss Pajama Day heartbreak.