Baby Chloe

Steve  came home from work to a Justin Bieber song blasting through the whole house.  He put down his briefcase and searched for his wife and daughter.  He found Emily leaning in the doorway of the living room.  “Emily!  What is this crap your listening to?”  he yelled.

Emily turned around and threw her arms around her husband.   “Steve, you have to see this.”.

Steve looked in the living room at his three-year-old daughter, Chloe.  “What?  She’s rocking.  She does that all the time.”

Emily shook her head.  “Wait for it.”

“Baby, baby, oh
Baby, baby, no” sang Justin.

Chloe kept rocking.  Steve went into the living room and sat on the edge of the couch.  Chloe turned to her father and smiled.

“Babe, babe!” yelled Chloe.

Steve  gasped.  It was the first recognizable word his daughter had ever spoken.  And she had looked him in the eyes.  He fell back into the couch and Emily jumped into his lap.

“Can you believe it?  I was washing dishes while Chloe ate her lunch and I had the radio on.  When this song came on, I turned it off.  Chloe started wailing.  I thought she wanted out of her seat so I got her down.  She ran into the kitchen and started pointing to the counter and stomping her feet.  I thought she was just having another meltdown until I noticed she was pointing to the radio.  So, I turned it back on.”  Emily was speaking very fast.

“Babe, babe!” shouted Chloe again.

Steve wiped his eyes.  “You mean she actually asked you to turn on the radio?”

“Yes!  I turned on the radio and she went still for a second.  Then she started shaking her head no and pointing again.  I didn’t know what she wanted.  Then, it hit me.  She wanted this song.”  Emily waved her finger in the air.

This song?  It has to be Justin Bieber?”  Steve asked.

Emily laughed at her husband’s horror-stricken face.  “No, it has to be ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber.  I tried everything.  The Beatles, Barney, other songs by Justin Bieber–but no– “Baby” is all that works.  Isn’t it awful?”

Steve looked at Chloe–his beautiful, silent daughter that, until today, had never looked into her daddy’s face.  She smiled and shouted, “Babe!” at the top of her lungs.

“No, honey, it isn’t awful.  That sweet voice has made a Belieber out of me.”


This post is for the following Write On Edge Red Writing Hood prompt.

For Friday, let your character be inspired by music. It doesn’t have to be a specific song or genre, it doesn’t even have to exist anywhere outside your mind. Show us in 400 words or less how your character reacts to a piece of music. It can advance a story line or provide a character sketch–or both!


16 comments on “Baby Chloe

  1. This is fantastic. Any time a child finds something they love that they must play incessantly, it is always bittersweet, but for it to be a Justin Bieber song to begin with just makes it so painful, it’s hilarious. I love it.

  2. Talk about making a (relatively) terrible song not seem quite so bad 🙂

  3. I agree with Nicole and Angle and it is amazing the things we will listen or watch for the sake of our children. Great post!

    • I tortured my mom with the movie Goonies when I was a kid. Over and over again. Day in and day out. To make matters worse, I said every single line every single time I watched it. The things parents endure for their children….

  4. This is funny and truly a great parenting moment. 🙂

  5. This is a fun piece. Yep, pretty crazy that anything good could come of Justin Bieber besides his perfume which I’m embarrassed to say I like a WHOLE lot. I’m dying to know something. Is this true?

  6. This is so smart. So well done. I like that you capture humor, horror, and wonder if one moment. But what’s strongest in this is love. It’s clear that Chloe is so very deeply loved.

  7. Very, very good. Chloe is autistic, is she not?

  8. Music has a way of doing for one that which they never knew they could do. I can relate to this. Great direction with this prompt.

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