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grand brag zone
The Chef
A
BY CHRIS WILKINS
lmost Four quietly, bravely crawled out of the bed and scaled the 6:30 am
dark stairs and tiptoed down the dimly lit hallway where she finally crept to
the edge of our door and waited for a sign.
The gray one at my feet mumbled a soft growl alerting me that she was there
at the door's edge. In one long sweeping motion, I was up and out of the covers,
scooping up Almost Four, and then she was in my arms laughing and giggling as
only Almost Four can do. We plopped down onto the bed next to a smiling Nanni
while I stacked pillows into backrests so we could sit and discuss the day's plan.
" Who wants coffee this morning? " I asked in a hushed whisper trying to hang
on to the morning for as long as possible.
Thirty-five pounds of happiness, burnished copper red hair flying behind her,
jumped up on the bed with carefree ease having done so countless times before
at Nanni and Papa's. Bright eyes looked out from perfectly white porcelain skin as
she looked up smiling impishly from ear to ear, " I want copy Papa. Nanni wants
copy too! " That was my cue.
Off to the kitchen, I went, making sure the steps were quiet going down the
wooden-floored hallway which always seems to creak and groan at 7 am. No use
waking up the whole house just yet. Mom, Dad, and Sissy were still sound asleep
downstairs and this delicate time, that would not last forever, was reserved for
Almost Four.
The " copy " was Peppermint tea made with a little milk and a little honey. It was
a ritual that had been going on for two and a half years and the three of them
loved it. The tea was served in a pink sippy cup, the favorite color of Almost Four,
and the sippy styled lid prevented the sheets from becoming an inkblot experiment
made from tea drips, sips, and drops.
As I walked in from coffee duties, carefully balancing three cups in my hands, I
could see that Nanni and Almost Four had one of their hands cupped around one
ear and their heads tilted to the outside windows. Nanni had raised one of the
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three windows, and the morning symphonic cacophony was in the air. Cardinals,
Tit Mouse and Carolina Wrens had their throats raised, the notes loudly ringing in
the morning air as they competed with one another.
" Papa! We're listening to the birds! " she exclaimed excitedly. " Can you hear
them, Papa? Can you hear them? " she asked while pointing to the window and
the world outside beyond. I handed out the " copies, " as Nanni reminded the redheaded
cherub that even cherubs say " Thank you, " and the bird-listening little
angel of a bird chirped out a " Thank you, " through a mischievous little smile as she
took her first sip. Although one would think it impossible, her smile grew wider.
They sat comfortably, chatting and chirping about the river, birds, how the
sun was coming up and how the light looked coming through the trees, but as it
always inevitably did on Sunday mornings, the chatter soon turned toward breakfast.
What would we make today? What was Almost Four in the mood for today?
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