10/26/12, Morning in the Forest

In the dull early light, two monkeys sit on top of their sleeping dad.  Grinning and giggling, they bounce on him like he’s a pony.  The silverback doesn’t move, doesn’t open an eye, hardly even stops snoring.  Now they’re climbing up and sliding down the large ape’s side.  Now they’re wrestling trying to throw one another down from the mountain.  Denied top position, the little one is on his back kicking furiously at his brother.  Several direct kicks to the head don’t phase the older sibling.  When a foot makes contact with a face, their mother finally pries the two apart and drags them away.

The father just lays there serenely feigning sleep, refusing to acknowledge any of them.  It is morning in the forest.

Don’t wake Daddy!

 

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