His mother buttoned Teddy’s coat and pulled his mittens over his hands before he said, “I have to go pee pee.”

“Three year olds,” June muttered. She undid his outdoor clothes and sent him into the bathroom.

“Now I’m ready!” he said cheerily as he came out.

She shook her head and bundled him up again. They started out on their twice-daily walk to get Teddy’s six year old brother to and from elementary school.

It was cold out but sunny. June shivered. She clutched Teddy’s hand and wondered if her check would be in today’s mail, calculating how much would be left over once she’d paid the rent and heat bill. Suddenly she felt her arm swinging back and forth. She looked down at Teddy, who was skipping happily, his face turned upward.

“Why are you skipping?” she asked.

“The sunshine is in my belly,” he answered.

Copyright © 2013 Loretta Miles Tollefson


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