All Gareth ever
did was cry. From the moment he woke up until his mama got him to sleep,
he cried. He didn't have a tummy ache. He didn't have an ear ache. He
cried because nothing made him happy.
and papa bought rattles for him. He didn't like them and threw them
across the room and cried harder. They bought him blocks and sat on the
floor and built castles with them, but he didn't like the blocks either.
They bought puzzles and stuffed animals and jack-in-the-box's for him,
but no matter what they did, he cried.
Mama and Papa
grew tired of Gareth's crying. Mama always had a headache and Papa went
outside to go for a walk.
One day Mama
asked Gareth's grandma to come over and babysit so she could go to town
to find Gareth a new toy. Grandma came over and Mama left. She went to
town and found the toy store. She saw a puppet and wondered if Gareth
would like that. She saw a fire truck, a book with pictures of dogs
inside, and a big blue ball. “That's it! I'll get Gareth the big blue
ball. He'll love that.”
Mama took it
home and sat down on the floor next to her baby boy. She took the ball
out and showed him. “Look what Mama bought for you. A new ball.”
Gareth looked at
it and took it from his mama, but decided right away that he didn't like
it and started crying again.
“I don't know
what to do with him. All he does is cry.” Mama looked at Gareth's
grandma, hoping she had a suggestion.
her bag and pulled out a necklace. It had red, yellow, blue and green
beads, held together with stretchy string. She handed it to Gareth.
Something amazing happened. He stopped crying. He held the beads up and
giggled. He swung them around, chewed on them and tried to count them.
“You did it! You
made Gareth stop crying!” Mama smiled and hugged Grandma.
That night when
Papa came home, Mama took him into the room to show him that Gareth
wasn't crying. Papa smiled too.
From then on, whenever Gareth started to cry, all they had to do was
call his grandma and she'd bring over another set of beads for him.
Grandma's are the best.