Here’s this week’s Wednesday Story:

Big Eyes | A short story from Frogburps

Big Eyes

Mom says my eyes are bigger than my stomach. I looked in the mirror and it doesn’t make sense. My eyes are small, my stomach is big. I’m going to eat all of this food!

Written by Patrick S. Stemp Illustrated by Anita Soelver

Patrick's thoughts

It’s actually my wife that says this to me these days. Most of the time, I get this warning when we’re having nachos for dinner. I want to eat all the nachos! I want heaping piles of them with lots of salsa. I like to spoon the salsa onto the chips individually when I eat them, rather than baking it in. I’d love some right now.

I’ve overdone it enough times that I should know better. But my wife still warns me if I start to build my nacho pile a little too wide or high.

It’s easy to overdo things. Whether it’s loading up your plate with food, or taking on too many responsibilities at work or in your personal life, it’s important to think ahead and try not to end up with too much waste, or not enough time.

Anita's thoughts

The story of my life! My eyes always assume that I can eat more than I actually can. So this was quite fun. Added bonus: I got to illustrate a lot of yummy things.

I love breakfast. I feel pretty sure I’d take everything in this illustration, and try to force it down my stomach. I might skip the cereal, but other than that… I also let whatever I am illustrating influence me. When I draw food, I get hungry. If I draw someone yawning, I get tired. Good thing I’m not drawing horror covers – haha.

For the story itself, I like that it gives parents a perfect opportunity to discuss sayings with their children. So many sayings are rather odd, and it’s great to talk to kids about the meaning of them. So I hope this will start a conversation about a few sayings, that the children may not yet be familiar with.

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