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The Llama & Koala

- Leo & Koda -

By Jay KantorPublished 14 days ago 4 min read
Top Story - April 2024
40
Kristen Balyeat & Jay Kantor

Story & Illustrations © ‘For our Kids Someday’

It

has been raining cats and dogs,

the

skys’ been nothing but gray,

our

gigantic suns’ been hiding day after day.

Today

is so different, the storm clouds rolled away,

now

it's time for Leo the Llama to get out

and play!

Kid

Bud, Koda Koala, will be waiting outside.

Leo

is frantically fumbling with laces to get his shoes tied.

One

toe out, he gasped at Mama’s posted 'Fridge List'

Sadly grumbling

knowing he must not resist–

having

no choice but to enlist.

Leo,

{no going out} till your 'Chore' day is done.

He

turned into SadSack, so anxious to have fun.

Mama,

he said with his lip in a pout,

Koda

is waiting to run all about,

pllleeeaaassseee,

can I go, it's just so sun-shiny out.

I

know you’ve got ants in your pants to get out to play,

but

rules are rules, then you can be on your way!

Leo

moped in such a quandary,

yet

conceded and started with laundry;

folding

pants, tank tops, undies, and shirts,

matching

socks, folding jammies, jackets, and skirts.

Koda

knocked, asking what he could do–

chores

are more fun when done by two!

Mama

agreed to let Koda help out,

now

Leo and Koda were goofball twirling about~

running

‘round and

sliding on floors

wearing

fluffy dryer socks while stuffing the drawers.

Mama

got a whirl out

of their childish silliness

~still

a sock slider ~ even a grocery cart rider~

Next

on the list was cleaning up toys;

putting

away cars, trucks, and trains that make noise;

Legos

and blocks, bouncing balls and bats,

stuffed

animal giraffes and smiling Cheshire cats.

Toybox

is bursting

seams…

time

to move on to other things.

Zero

o’ dust, although no muss or fuss

mostly

just whiffing & wheezing!

They

shook out rugs while bagging the trash;

with

two, it was E-z/P-z.

Out

to the garden to pull up weeds,

mow

the grass and rake up leaves…

small

break to admire the flowers and bees. {viaKristenQueenBee}

Back

on kitchen tasks ~

snuck

'unnoticed' snax.

Washed

and dried bowls, pans, forks, and knives.

Carefully

wiped the stove so as not to ignite,

then

polished the counters, shiny and bright.

Up

to the bedroom to tuck sheets and fluff beds,

assuring

pillow fights between those two knuckleheads,

with giggles and feathers filling the air

~ no Goofs here ~ MamaLlama,

the white glove inspector will soon be upstairs.

Bubble

scrub the tub while de-toothpasting the mirror–

Just

make it clean; you know what I mean!

With

each soapy sponge swipe, their reflections got clearer;

dreams

of escaping drawing nearer and nearer.

Mama

was delighted ~ now that you’re done

just

promise me one thing ~ you’ll have tons o’ fun ~

Now

skip on out, and as always,

don't

let the doorknob hit ya

where

the good Lord split ya!

Tossed

hard balls - parched, sipping water from the hose.

Clipped

playing cards to their bicycle spokes

~clickety-clack~

annoying

neighbors with rambunctious boyish sounds

popping

wheelies single file all over town.

Paid

a visit to the candy shop ~

ate

junk food ‘till their buttons popped!

Stopped

by the river to take a Dip,

back

to race bikes as they “Schvitz”...

Drip,

Drip, Drip.

Off

to the merry-go-round for a spin–

faces

sore from their dizzy grins.

Shoveling

deep in sandbox piles,

polishing

treasures through gritty smiles.

Koda

taught Leo how to climb a tree,

found

shapes in the clouds, floating free.

Told

jokes and laughed till their bellies hurt.

Made

royal castles out of sand and dirt.

Hopscotch,

jump rope, and hula hoop,

tic-tac-toe,

and Rubix cube, too.

Knuckling

down marbles and magic tricks;

collecting

shiny rocks and cool wand-like-Schticks,

{j-amigo-ism}

Showing-off

somersaults and risky backflips.

Ears

perk up at the dinner bell,

noses

sniff skyward toward suppers super smells.

Totally

Buddy-Bummed to part ways,

hungry

rumbles bring an end to their play.

High-fives

~ fist bumps ~ secret handshake

wraps

up another Epic PlayDay.

Co-Creators, Ink - By: Kristen Balyeat & Jay Kantor

- Vocal Village Community -

grandparentschildren
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About the Creator

Jay Kantor

Retired: Write for "The Kids Someday"

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    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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    Zero grammar & spelling mistakes

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  • Gina C.about 11 hours ago

    Oh my goodness! How did I miss this?! This is so delightful, fun, and fresh. Wonderful story, Jay! 😊

  • Ameer Bibia day ago

    I love the drawings of your stories, congratulations for top story.

  • Jay ~ This is another well-deserved Top Story! It is always a pleasure to take these journeys with you! Fantastic job collaborating. :)

  • Hannah E. Aaron11 days ago

    Jay! This is such a sweet story! I love how much fun Leo and Koda had cleaning and playing! Also, you and Kristen made such cute art to go along with the story! Great job as always!!!

  • Mart: As your long time biz partner, and Life-Time Friend: Following an illustrious career as a writer of so many Franchise's. Who knew you would morph into an 'illustrator' and writer of Children's stories; Ah, progress. Can you get me a j.o.b. in this new 'Schtick' of yours. You can take the lead this time, "Probably."

  • L.C. Schäfer11 days ago

    So nice, it got TS twice!

  • Heather Hubler11 days ago

    Loved this from the two of you!! This brought back so many memories of my own childhood. What a wonderful nostalgic trip!! Kudos to both you and Kristen :) Congrats on TS! ~H

  • Paul Stewart11 days ago

    Back to say congrats that this got Top Story. It seems right as Kristen's got it too :) Well done, sir!

  • ROCK 11 days ago

    I love the drawings and the critters! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Caroline Jane11 days ago

    You both submitted it! Like that idea! Currently in Greece, completely missed this being published. The same story making a top story twice by 2 authors got to be a 1st! Nicely done, and still smiling at this from the 1st read through. ❤️

  • JBaz11 days ago

    I read this on Kristen Balyeat sight and loved it Congratulations on this

  • Kendall Defoe 11 days ago

    Read it, did not have time for a comment, not surprised it got the Top Story crown! Wonderful, wonderful, wonder... full !

  • Kathryn: Congratulations to both Jay and Kristen on their unique and entertaining cooperative work. The story is darling, and the illustrations capture the childlike fun of this rhyming adventure that is so evocative of the play we enjoyed as children. I am not surprised that this gained top entry designation.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Babs Iverson12 days ago

    Delightful children's story!!! Loved it!!!💕❤️❤️ Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Such a beautiful and fun poem and illustration. I could see this as a children's book. Congrats on top story!

  • Anna 12 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • I love this so much. What a fun collaboration. Congrats!!!

  • Ameer Bibi12 days ago

    Your perseverance is both admirable and motivating. Keep forging ahead!

  • Cathy holmes12 days ago

    Simply wonderful. Congrats, you two. Well done.

  • Judey Kalchik 12 days ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story!

  • Such a joyous poem -made me smile the whole way through, and the illustrations are whimsical and perfect! 🤍 Fab collab!

  • Mark Gagnon12 days ago

    J, you have found your true calling! This brought back sooo many memories, especially cards flapping against bike tire spokes. Congrats on a well-deserved TS!

  • Judey Kalchik 13 days ago

    I love this- and I've lived it (don't do what you want until you do what you must).

  • Andrea Corwin 13 days ago

    Congrats on TS!!! Sorry, Jay, I guess I missed the memo this was a collaboration - I commented on Kristin's post: Such storytelling and drawings. I feel the same way when it is a sunny day - either get outside or sit and read - no chores, Ma, save them for a rainy day. (But then you don't feel like doing stuff so I guess they need to be done like your poem, first, LOL).

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