“Scrunchie!” exclaimed Aunt Mabel. “Sit up straight! You can’t keep walking around with your head so low to the ground and your behind sticking up so far in the air. Nobody wants to see that. Especially me, your 87 year old aunt.”
Scrunchie tried to stand up properly but he wasn’t comfortable. He was more comfortable all scrunched up.
“Auntie,” said Scrunchie. “I am just not comfortable standing up straight.”
“Suit yourself,” said Aunt Mabel. “Don’t come crying to me when people start laughing at you and calling you a monster.”
“People already call me a monster,” said Scrunchie. “So, why does it matter? Why do I have to change for others? Am I harming anyone with how I walk?”
“No,” agreed Aunt Mabel. “I suppose you aren’t.”
“I have lots of friends who are different,” said Scrunchie. “I accept them for who they are and they do not judge me for who I am.”
“They sound like good friends to have,” said Aunt Mabel. “I would hold onto them for as long as I could if I were you.”
“I intend to,” said Scrunchie.
Aunt Mabel got up from the chair she was sitting on. Her reading glasses fell to the floor.
“Here are your glasses,” said Scrunchie, picking them up off the floor with no effort whatsoever.
“Maybe there is an advantage to walking around the way you do,” said Aunt Mabel. “I am always dropping things on the floor and I noticed that when you saw my glasses fall the floor that you saw them right away.”
Aunt Mabel stood on the floor and with her feet firmly on the floor, she tilted her head down and her behind up in the air. She almost lost her balance so she tried to stand up straight, but she couldn’t.
“Try walking around like that,” said Scrunchie, very proud of his aunt for trying something new.
Aunt Mabel walked around the living room all scrunched over. She was amazed at how comfortable it was.
“What is going on here?” Scrunchie’s dad asked when he walked in the room seeing Aunt Mabel all scrunched over.
“It is bad enough that I have one member in the family that walks all scrunched over,” said Dad. “But now there are two.”
Dad went over to Aunt Mabel to try to straighten her up. When he did, a five dollar bill fell out of his pocket. Scrunchie saw it right away and quickly picked it up.
“Now I know where all my money goes that falls out of my pockets,” said Dad.
“That is another advantage to walking around like Scrunchie does,” laughed Aunt Mabel.
“You have no idea how much money I have found walking around this way,” said Scrunchie.
“Now I know the real reason you walk around like that,” said Dad, reaching over and taking the five dollar bill from Scrunchie. “I always thought you were silly but now I know that you are actually quite smart.”