It started when I
came home from school
and couldn’t get
a higher score
than a C
on Dance Dance Revolution.
And because I’m so out of shape,
I had to take a nap
after the third try.
So I slept for two hours
in my jeans
feeling uncomfortably warm
and woke to the sound of Mira
going, “Mom. Mom.
Mama. Mama.
Mommy. Mommy.
Mom! Mom! Mommmyyy!”
Over and over and over again.

I went downstairs
and did some homework
in the front living room,
where usually no one goes.
Then Harrison came in.
He started making
siren noises.
down, and up an octave.
Then down,
and up on octave.
Over and over and over again.

I went from #58 to #61
on my math homework.
Mom went to the study
and started playing the piano.
It was a new song,
so she went slow.
When she hit a wrong note,
she started over again.
Wrong note,
start over.
Wrong note,
start over.
Over and over and over again.

I highlighted the synonyms
on Unit 3 for English.
Cairo went into the study.
She yelped to mom for water.
Yelp. Yelp. Whimper Whimper.
Yelp. Yelp.
Over and over and over again.

Mira went into the study.
“Mom? How do you spell
necklace?”
Wrong note,
start over.
Wrong note,
start over.
“Mom? Mom?
Mama? Mama?
Mommy? Mommy?”
Wrong note,
start over.
Wrong note,
start over.
Yelp. Yelp. Whimper.
Down an octave,
up an octave.
Down an octave,
up an octave.
Yelp Yelp. Whimper.
Down an octave,
up an octave.
“Mom, mom, mommy?”
Over and over and over again.

“N-E-C-K-L-A-C-E, MIRA!” I say.

“Mom? Mama?”

“MIRA! It’s N-E-C-K-L-A-C-E.” I say.

“MOOOMMMM!”

AHHHHHHHH!!!!

Face goes red,
and I want to scream.

Mom stops playing
the piano.
“Mira, I don’t know
how to spell necklace.”

I’ve moved upstairs.
I was alone…
Now,
Max, Mira,
and Harrison
are on the bed.
Yelling, talking loud,
Making weird noises,

Ope, and Mira’s about to cry.

Got to go.

4 Comments


  1. I feel like I was there. Thanks for the laugh!


  2. This is why I’ve always always wanted an apartment of my own.


  3. Ha.
    Been there.
    I’m truly sorry.
    Sometimes you just need the world to freeze,
    you you can relax,
    and you can think straight,
    and you can have time for just YOU, and nothing else.

    But usually, the world is not so polite.


  4. I can just see everyone doing that too!! Omg I bet that was fun!!!

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