Derek, Debbie and Donald looked the same. They were special. They were
quintuplets. All five of them were born at the same time.
and Donald wore pants and Debbie and Diana wore skirts. To tell them
apart, their mama always dressed them in different colors. David always
wore a red vest. Diana always wore a purple vest. Derek's was yellow,
Debbie's was pink and Donald's was green.
One morning the
quintuplets wanted to play a trick on their mama. David put on Derek's
yellow vest. Derek put on Don's green vest and Donald put on David's
red vest. Diana and Debbie switched vests too. They ran to the breakfast
table and sat in each other's chairs. Mama fixed them scrambled eggs and
toast and she didn't know they'd changed places.
brushed their hair she called them the wrong names. Later that day when
Mama called them in from playing outside, she called them the wrong
That night while
they took their baths and Mama washed their faces, the quintuplets
started giggling. Mama stopped washing them. “What's going on here?”
They told their
mama what they'd done. After she dried them off with a towel, she told
them to go and get in their pajamas and climb into bed. Mama came
through to give them a good night kiss. “Are you really David?” She
looked at the boy in the red pajamas. He smiled and nodded. She kissed
his cheek and pulled the covers around him.
“Are you really
Diana?” She bent over to hug the girl in the purple pajamas. Diana
nodded. Mama kissed her on the cheek.
“Are you really
Derek?” Mama hugged her son in the yellow pajamas. He nodded and she
kissed him goodnight.
Mama gazed at
the girl in the pink pajamas. “You're really Debbie, aren't you?” Debbie
nodded and hugged her mama.
“Well then, that
means you're Donald, correct?”
The boy in the
green pajamas giggled. “Yes, Mama, I'm Donald.”
“Don't trick me like that any more. Now I can never be sure you are who
you say you are.”
Derek, Debbie and Donald laughed. “We won't, Mama.” But they knew that
they'd do it again another time, when Mama least expected it.