|The papa's big coat
|Today in the morning, when the
was in the other room, I did take down from its hook the
papa's big coat
. I did put it onto me and it did trail away out behind. I like to wear the papa's big coat.
, who comes to visit us, says the reason I like to wear the papa's big coat is because it makes me more grown-up. She's wrong. The reason I like to wear the papa's big coat is because it has pockets in it -- big ones -- nice ones to put toads and mice and caterpillars and beetles in. That's why I like to wear the papa's coat. Why, when I go walking in the papa's big coat, nearly the whole
can go along. This morning, just as I was making a start out the door to the nursery, the mamma came into the kitchen. She did hurry to the door and I did hurry out. But she caught me by the end of the coat. She did get that coat off of me in a quick way. She hung it back on its nail. When it was hung on its nail in the proper way, she gave to me a shoulder-shake. And I did go to feed the chickens.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003.