by Jeff Glovsky
The chair tips and the child howls…Bangs its head on the edge of a table.
“HaHaHaHaHA!”, staccato, high-pitched burst of another one. “That was funny!”
The first child’s in tears. “Elena! Sssh! That wasn’t funny,” Elena’s mother reprimands. The girl keeps laughing…pulling on her crotch, sucking her fingers, giant, gap-toothed vacant smile…
“HaHaHaHaHA!” it goes.
The mother, afraid of becoming embarrassed, stuffs a pastry in her mouth…pulls a hot swig of her coffee-free barista “drink” and snaps again, “SShhh! Elena!”
The girl explodes. Dancelaughing, lapping up the air, red tongue out, clapping happily. The first child’s mom, embarrassed too, shouts to her child – still crying from banging its head on a table – “Get up!
“What is wrong with you?”