by Janette Sebring Lowrey
illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went exploring. After a while they could smell rice pudding. So home four of the puppies ran, only to find their upset mother scolding them for digging a hole, and sent them to bed. The fifth puppy, a poky little puppy, came home late and ate up the rice pudding and went to bed happy.
The next morning there was a sign by the fence from Mother that warned the puppies not to dig holes. But, they dug a hole again, and four little puppies got into the same punishment again when they returned. The poky little puppy came home later and enjoyed chocolate custard before heading to bed.
The puppies finally learn to repair their mistakes and listen to Mother, and so does the poky little puppy, but just a little later than the rest.
I've been feeling reminiscent the past couple of weeks. Perhaps it was having to call poison control twice in one week, or hearing my 5 year-old-daughter say, "You are ruining my life!" Whatever it was, I'm appreciating my mom a lot more lately. I remember this book as a childhood favorite, and now it reminds me I'm not the only one who struggles to be a good mom. Here's celebrating non-toxic doses of old cough drops and the 5 year old who secretly sings songs about having the most wonderful life. They do things wrong, but they learn (after a while), and so do we (after a while)!
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