He woke up at eight thirty. It's the day I've been waiting for all week.
Report Card Day.
He walks into the kitchen, still blurry from sleep.
"Oh honey! Thank God! We thought you were going to sleep forever! We were so worried!" I hug him close.
Huh? He asks, scratching his head.
"Sweetheart," I pause. "You've been asleep for two months. You have school today! You need to shower and eat and get going or you are going to be late!"
What? His eyes grow large. What do you mean? School is out. You said So!
"That was two months ago, you've been asleep for two months."
He looks around. The couches have been moved. But..what about camping? I had a dream..
"We took you with us. You slept the whole time! We even took you to the hospital to see if they could wake you up.."
His eyes are glistening. For a minute, I reconsider. Then I remember all the pranks he has ruined in the last month just by being old enough to know better.
"I'm sorry Rainbow Man, but you need to get in the shower and get ready for school."
He goes to the shower. Blue Boy wakes up. I quickly brief him on whats going on.
I'm pouring cheerios in a bowl when he returns. Blue Boy! What day is it?
Uhm? is it Tuesday? I don't know my days yet. I get to go to school now, and learn them.
I smirk. Perfection.
But mom! How can I sleep all summer? How? I would have starved! It's not school time. You're lying!
"Phone Nana." I say, " She'll tell you."
He calls. She asks him if he wants a ride to school. I am close to peeing myself.
Sandals on, hair combed, he reaches for the door handle. His shoulders are drooping, feet dragging, and his eyes are wet with tears.
"Oh, and Rainbow Man, When you get your report card, be sure to hurry home. We're going to the park today!"
He growls, then smiles, suddenly understanding.
This is the prank he has been watching for all week.