I am convinced that my youngest daughter is the mysterious 'Sixth Monkey' who was written out of the book about the Five Little Monkeys. She demonstrates many of the same characteristics of the other monkeys, especially the desire to put oneself at risk for serious injury in the pursuit of thrills and adventure. While she has not ended up in a hospital yet, we have initiated a protocol where we map out directions to the nearest emergency room 'just in case' we need them in a hurry. The 'Sixth Monkey' probably was omitted for economic reasons - cost for ink, paper, binding - plus the fact that most good little boys and girls get the point after watching FIVE monkeys suffer from a closed head injury. We, however, suspect it had more to do with the extreme daring that our own little 'Sixth Monkey' exhibits as she skates her way through the minefield known as the life of a toddler.
For those of you scratching your heads about monkeys, I shall provide a reminder:
"Five little monkeys, jumping on a bed.
One fell off and broke his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
'NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!'"
Repeat the verse, adjusting the number of monkeys to account for attrition. It seems as if this poem/story could be worked into a Fortran program in one of those computer science classess I took in high school or college.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
The repose of the soul of David P., and for his family.