Hop. “I’m a bunny,” said Tom. Hop hop. “I’m a frog.” Hop, wriggle and squirm. “Look Mom. Now I’m a fish.”
Mom wished he’d play more quietly while she struggled to clean the room. He's in the laundry. “Please.”
“I’m a kitty,” said Tom.
Hop. She fitted the gate to the bathroom door. “You stay out now.” But Tom just hopped the gate.
“Horse racing, Mom.”
Hop. “Not on the stairs.” Tom hopped. Mom caught. They hopped together to the kitchen. “Help me bake a cake?”
Tom hopped on a chair—“Yes Mom”—leaning into the task. Hope hopped awake.