Heard It A Million Times
Sometimes it's the most unexpected things that make the biggest impact.
"AGAIN!" Ella fell to the floor and giggled next to her father who laid there defeated and broken.
"Are you sure you don't want to try playing a game, sweetie?" he asked, his voice weak from exhaustion. "What about learning about Phonics? You know, once upon a time, people used to get hooked on..."
"AGAIN!" Tugging on Tim's arm with one hand, she pointed at the stereo across the room with the other.
"Please," Tim begged, waving several boxes of flash cards above his chest. "Just ten minutes. All I want is ten minutes. Can't we just rest and learn about letters or numbers? What about word recognition? Or math, huh? Kids love math. Not your brother or sister, mind you, but other children, I'm sure, love..."
Ella jumped to her feet and shook her head. "NoooOOOooo, Daddy" She very thoughtfully took her father's head in her hands and pointed his face at the stereo. "Ah. Gain."
Tim rolled over to his side. His arms and legs ached. His breath was still somewhat shallow after spinning and jumping for... Tim realized he had no idea what time it was. 'How long have we been at this?' he wondered. 'And just how much longer can I go on?'
"How about we play a new game?" he said. "A big girl game! Like Memory, huh? You like Memory, right?"
"Go Fish, maybe?"
"Slap Jack? Crazy 8's? Or Rhyme Time? Come on, there's six card games to choose from outside of the six flash card sets that came in the bundle." He groaned a little as he tried to stand. "There must be something you want to do other than..."
Ella's tiny hands found her father's face again, this time smooshing his cheeks in as she directed his eyes into her gaze. "No, Daddy," she told him flatly. "Dance time now. Again."
Tim sighed and pulled the stereo remote from his pocket. He would never know the name of the person whose bright idea it was to include a free song download with both the flash cards and card games, but he whispered a curse upon that person as he closed his eyes and pressed play. Again.