Robert’s Missing Shirt

by Laurel T. Sheridan -

Robert loved his green T-shirt. It was his favorite, and he wore it every day. He loved it so much he played in it, he ate in it, and he slept in it. He wore his favorite green T-shirt so much that it began to stretch and stretch. It got bigger and bigger like a rubber band.

One day his mother said, “Robert, that shirt would fit a gorilla. Please, go change it.”

Robert pulled his arms inside the shirt and hugged himself. “But it feels so soft.”

The shirt got bigger and bigger still, like a bubble gum bubble.

His father said, “Robert, that shirt would fit a hippopotamus. Please, go change it.”

Robert buried his nose in the soft fabric. “But it smells so good.”

The shirt got bigger and bigger still, like a circus balloon. In fact the shirt stretched so big Robert’s toes got stuck in the hem, and…thunk, kerplunk…down he went.

His grandpa said, “Robert that shirt would fit an elephant. Please, go change it.”

Robert tied the bottom around his waist. “But it fits just right, Grandpa.”

The next morning Robert woke up. Something felt strange. Something felt odd. Something felt wrong. His throat wasn’t sore. His nose wasn’t stuffy. His ears didn’t ache. So, what was it? Robert looked in the mirror. His favorite green T-shirt was gone!

Robert was mad. Robert was sad. Robert was puzzled. Where could it be?

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