The house was noisy, very, very noisy. The Monkey Twins played all morning with some friends. They ran this way...
and that way.
They got underfoot in the kitchen.
They begged for chestnut bars when the Acorn Scouts came by selling cookies.
Grandpa Bear was very tired after such a noisy morning.
"Time for a nap, Monkey Twins," he announced after lunch.
He tucked them in and kissed first this one....
and then that one.
As he started to leave the Monkey Twins jumped up and tried to get Grandpa Bear to stay.
"No, Monkey Twins, it is time to rest." He tucked them back in and turned to leave.
"Oh me, oh my," he sighed to himself as he bent to pick up a toy.
"I sure hope they stay in bed this time. I could use a nap myself."
When Grandpa Bear got downstairs to the sofa, he hesitated. The blankets looked awfully lumpy.
He gently sat down. Indeed they were lumpy, very lumpy.
"Hmmm," he said. "This sofa is very uncomfortable." He tried to smooth out the lumps. He heard a little bit of giggling.
"Yes, indeed," he said, "This is a terribly uncomfortable sofa!"
"Let me see if I can get rid of these lumps," he muttered. He heard some squealing and giggling.
Two little brown heads popped up.
"Ah-hah! No wonder this sofa is lumpy! It has Monkey Twins in it!"
Grandpa Bear hugged and kissed his naughty little Monkey Twins.
"Alright, Monkey Twins," he said gently. "It is time to settle down. I'll sing you a little lullaby."
He tucked the Monkey Twins under the covers and wrapped his arms around them.
"Shh, shh, shhhhhhh," he told them softly. They wiggled for a few minutes, but as he sang about all the pretty little horses, they started to calm down.
Soon, they were still. Everyone was breathing deeply.
The house was quiet, very, very quiet.
Copyright 2009 Elizabeth F. Curtin
To hear some beautiful lullabies, click the link for Renee and Jeremy's wonderful website for their CD "It's a Big World" in the column at right. My favorite lullaby to go with this story is "Powder Blue."