This morning when Lola woke up,
she felt something special on the tip of her tongue.
I know the words are there, she said to herself.
I can feel them puffing out my cheeks.
Lola wanted to say her special words to Daddy.
But it was too late. He was already leaving for work.
Lola wanted to say her special words to Mommy.
But Mommy was very busy.
"Mommy, I want to tell you......," Lola whispered.
"Can it wait, angel?" said Mommy. "You'll be late for school."
On the school bus,
it was much too noisy for Lola to say her special words.
At the playground, Lola walked up to her teacher.
But her teacher was already holding another child.
In class, Lola looked over at the annoying boy next to her.
I won't tell him m special words, she thought.
At lunchtime, in the cafeteria,
everybody was chewing and chomping.Loa kept quiet.
Special words should not be chomped, she decided.
During recess, all the children played running games.
Lola didn't say a single word, especially not a special word.
After school, Lola saw Frankie, the Skateboard King. Lola smiled.
She decided to say her special words to him.
But Zoom! The rat sped past Lola without stopping,
without waiting to hear her special words.
Back on the bus, it was too noisy again. Lola felt sulky now.
At home, in the living room, Lola sulked some more.
Even when her parents got home, Lola kept sulking.
She didn't feel like saying her special words anymore.
During supper, the meat felt hard, the salad felt mushy,
and the lemonade was sour.
"What's wrong, Lola?" Mommy asked.
"Won't you tell us?" Daddy asked.
Lola thought long and hard. I won't say anything, she thought.
Nobody cares. I won't say my special words.
But her cheeks started puffing up,
bigger and bigger and bigger still. Suddenly Lola shouted:
- Aug 08 Fri 2008 14:06