Jedidiah's Bad Hair Day
Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen was kinda fussy about his hair. Sometimes it was short and sometimes it was long. He didn’t really care about that as long as it looked coooool. And it always looked cool.
Well, almost always.
One day, Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen got up a little later than usual, so he ran straight to his food dish to make sure he hadn’t missed breakfast. He was in such a hurry that he completely forgot to stop and look in the full length mirror behind the bedroom door.
So, after breakfast, when he went out into the yard for a pee and a sniff patrol, he was taken by surprise when the neighbour’s cat, Buttons, started mewling and howling from the roof of the house next door.
“What’s your problem?” growled Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen.
“Oh my dear dumb dog; you have no idea what you look like, have you?” Buttons laughed so hard, she nearly fell off the roof.
“Hmph,” said Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen. And he strutted to the back door where the cat couldn’t see him. While he sat there, waiting to be let in, a stuck up blue jay mocked him, two doves whispered back and forth and twittered behind their wings, and a raccoon took one look at him and fell off the fence laughing.
“Let me in. Right now!” shouted Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen.
His best friend, Shanny came to the door and shushed him. “Hey, that’s enough out of you, Bob Barker,” she said. “Go play in the yard for a while. I’m busy.”
Jed skulked off the back step and wandered back to the front of the house, tip-toeing past Buttons who was now lying in the sun humming.
When he got to the rain barrel, he stood up on his hind legs and took a look at himself.
Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen ran like the wind to the back of the house and shouted at the back door for all he was worth.
“Monster! Monster! Let me in before it eats me!” he screamed.
Shanny was at the door in an instant. “What? What is it?” she cried, looking around the yard while Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen ran through her legs and into the house. He ran through the living room and into the bedroom, jumped on the bed and burrowed under the covers.
“Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen! You better not be in my bed with those muddy paws of yours!”
Jed crawled to the bottom of the bed and shut his eyes to make himself invisible. But Shanny found him right away – she was excellent at hide and seek – and she pulled back the covers and ordered him out.
He sat patiently while Shanny wiped his paws and thought about what he’d seen in the rain barrel. He knew about reflections. But he also knew about horrible monsters that hide in rain barrels.
“There,” said Shanny. “All cleaned up.” She stood up and looked down at him again. She tilted her head one way and then the other. “What is going on with your hair today?” She pulled back the bedroom door and pointed to the mirror. “Get a load of that,” she snickered and nudged Jed toward the mirror.
“Good grief,” Jedidiah Wiggle-bottom Happy-feet Puddle-jumper Jonassen whimpered. “No wonder everyone was laughing at me. And no wonder I scared myself with my reflection.” He turned to Shanny and panted shyly, “Little help?”
She laughed and patted his head. “Okay, I’ll get your brush.”
“Thanks, Shanny,” he barked as he followed her out. He loved having his hair brushed.
And once he looked cooool again, he’d go have a word with Buttons.