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Topic: Savory to the Taste (07/26/12)
TITLE: Mischief Makers
By PamFord Davis
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Their faces resembled Indians, painted for a war party. Not yet adept with spoons and forks, they fed themselves with their fingers. Delighted by the taste of sweet spaghetti sauce, they crammed in slimy noodles and silenced rumbling of empty tummies.
Not a routine lunchtime, as we were celebrating a birthday of a member of the class… Noah’s mom had brought tantalizing chocolate cupcakes for the entire room. I cleared away plates of leftover spaghetti and placed a cupcake in front of each excited classmate.
No word adequately describes a child experiencing the sugar rush of chocolate. Hyperactivity and pleasure collided and the results were not pretty. After getting their fill of the tasty treat, my children unleashed latent creativity.
Nimble fingers of Thomas, Noah, Grayson and Kayden searched out sticky tomato drenched spaghetti noodles, chocolate cake crumbs and frosting. With fanfare, they inaugurated finger-painting festivities. Instinctively knowing, I could tend to only one child at a time, they partied!
Mischievous boys, and one outnumbered girl, smeared entree and dessert across the mural tabletop. I glared at the aftereffects of Picasso-like hand-prints. Intermittently, they tasted the tomato and chocolate concoction, savoring the spaghetti and celebrating with chocolate!
Nothing short of miraculous, I succeeded in cleaning caked spaghetti and chocolate from the table, and off each child. I changed their diapers, and got them in their cribs for nap-time. The ambiance of soft music filled the room, and I savored my solitude!
*Authors note: Creative non-fiction
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