I woke up this morning when my
mom came and said, “It’s time for school, Lucas. Get out of
bed!” “Just one more minute,” I said a frown. But she answered,
“No, Lucas. I said wake up now!”
I got out of bed and
put on my clothes. “Breakfast is ready,” said my mother, Rose.
“Can I have pancakes?” I asked. She said, “No! made oatmeal
today. So just eat it and go.”
After breakfast, I sat
down to watch some TV. “No! You must go to school.” Said my
mother to me. “Aren’t you going to drive me?” I asked like a
fool. She answered, “No, Luke, dear. Take the school bus to
When I got to the
school, I ran out to the yard. “No running! It’s class time,”
said Charlie, the guard. And when lunch time came, I asked Mrs.
Cruz for a hotdog and ice cream. She politely refused. “We have
mangoes, bananas, macaroni and cheese, pears, grapes, and
guavas, string beans, and peas.”
I thought I could play
when I got home from school. But Mom said, “No! Chores first!
You know the rules.” When my homework was done, I was hungry
once more. “Pizza,” I said. But you know the score. My mother
said, “No! We are having beef stew, carrots, and peas, and rice
and beans, too.”
I won’t say what came
next, but guess what Mom said: “No! You can’t do that. Get ready
for bed.” And as my eyes closed, I felt myself float right out
of the room, as if I were on a boat.
When I opened my eyes,
I was in a strange space with hundreds of fairies all over the
place. I tried to get up, but was quickly pushed down. “No! You
must keep on sleeping,” said a sprite named Bob Brown.
My stomach was
growling when I got out of bed. “Please give me some pancakes,”
I said full of dread. “No pancakes,” said Bob. “It’s Ding-dong
today. Just gobble you breakfast and go out to play.”
After hours of
playing, I was ready to stop. “No resting,” said a sprite who
was dresses like a cop. I’m hungry,” I said. “I’d like hotdogs
and fries.” “No hotdogs,” she said. “Only cupcakes and pies.
After lunch, I was
tired. I wanted to nap. “No napping!” said Bob Brown. “Get ready
to rap.” And Bob started rapping and shaking the floor. I was
tired and scared, but the sprites wanted more.
When dinner time came,
I was hungry for steak, baked, potatoes, and string beans – no
more cookies and cake. But the fairies said “No! We don’t eat
After dinner, they
told me I could not go to bed, but my stomach was aching, and so
was my head. Just then I got dizzy and started to swoon. When I
opened my eyes, I was back in my room.
I woke up that
morning, to my mother’s sweet voice. I got out of bed quickly,
as if by choice. I ate oatmeal, not pancakes. I did not watch
TV. I went straight to class after the bus took me to school.
For lunch, I ate oranges, apples, and ham. After doing my
homework, I had chicken with yams. And when it was bedtime, I
didn’t put up a fight. I got into bed, and Mom kissed me good