When I started openin’ other stuff, Meikiko’s eyes just lit up! I mean, there I was, one second, sittin’ with a gift inna hand, an’ th’ next, she was standin’ there beside my chair, here eyes lit up like a candle. It was awful funny. I hadda let her help me open things!
I mean, could you resist sucha sweet li’l face?
I sure couldn’t. So she helped. An’ it worked for a li’l bit.
But it wasn’t goin’ fast enough for her. Cuz pretty soon she was climbin’ up inna my lap, an’ openin’ from there! I started laughin’ so much, I couldn’ do nothin’ else, just let her enjoy gettin’ the present outta its paper.
Once she gotten it out, though, an’ seen what it was, she said, “Umm…”
It’s a beautiful book about butterflies an’ moths! I mean, super cool! But Meikiko didn’ care too much bout it, cuz it wasn’t a bedtime story book, an’ she doesn’t care much bout butterflies ‘cept to say “Ooh, look! Pretty!” I guess maybe I didn’ either when I was li’l. But I think it’s neat now to know which one’s which. Thanks Auntie Glenda an’ Pip!
Meikiko slid offa lap, tho, cuz she ain’t care too much bout no book, an pointed off atta other gift. “Maybe I go help you with thatta one instead?”
I didn’ look too close at what she was pointin’ at, just said “Ok.” Gave me a sec to look through alla pretty butterflies.
But soon, Meikiko came back, draggin’ a gift that was bigger’n she was. I kinda blinked at her, then asked Cooper if he’d hold the butterfly book (he said ok right quick, an’ started lookin through it hisself!)
An’ well… of course she hadda help with it too. But it was awful big, so I gotta help a li’l bit too. She worked fromma bottom corner, an’ I worked onna top, an’ we kinda met inna middle.
Then we gots it out, an’ she just kinda sat there again, lookin’ at it.
“It’s a bag.” Flat. Monotone. Like she open a rolla toilet paper or somethin’.
I thought it was cool, though! It’sa awsome big bag, with cool cool tassels. I can use it out inna field if I gotta be gatherin’ stuff, like mushrooms or seashells, or if I wanna carry books along (cuz sometimes, I think it’d be neat t’ have a book bout monsters if you’re out huntin’ ’em. Like, if you’re onna trail of somethin’, but you dunno what, maybe somethin’ inna book might tell ya more bout what you’re seein’, right? An’ cuz Cooper’s good with books, I’m gonna start draggin’ him with me. Just gotta get him train up so he can fight back iffa monster comes at he too!)
Anyhow, the bag is cool! Cooper came over tho when he heard Meikiko bein’ how she was, an’ he said, “Sometimes there are things hidden inside a bag that is given as a gift. Why don’t you check?”
That got her up an’ excited again! Got me kinda interested too. The bag was snapped close atta top, so I helped Meikiko get it open. She peeked in, an’ sure enough, there was somethin’ inna bag. She pulled it out.
“It’s just a chain,” she said, an’ seemed all sortsa sad again. I was thinkin’ maybe the chain could be parta some cool trap for catchin’ beasties, tho, so it seemed like maybe it belonged inna bag after all. Meikiko dropped it onna floor.
Then Cooper said, “I think there’s something else in the bag.” So she dropped th’ chain an’ looked again. An’ while she was tryin’ poke around inna bag some, Cooper scooped her up an popped her in. Then she was gigglin’ like crazy!
“See?” he said. “There was something else in the bag after all!” I hadda roll m’ eyes at him (cuz it was kinda corny), but it was cute how he wanna help Meikiko be happy. An’ he gave me an idea, if I hadda bring a Little along, they might travel inna bag. (or maybe we’ll just have fun poppin’ ’em in an carryin’ ’em around!)
So, yea. I sure had an awesome birthday, with super cool presents (thanks, Auntie Glenda! an’ Pip! an’ Grammy Happy an’ Smidge!!! Cuz, tho I ain’t really talk about it here much, the bestest birthday present was really havin’ Cooper round, an they helped bring him home!) Cuz Cooper’s just awesome cool. Next year, I’m gonna make sure to work on somethin’ nice for him too, cuz his birthday’s my birthday too. That’s how twins work, right? Birthdays onna same day an’ all?
An’ thanks t’ Cooper too, for bein’ an awesome twin brother!