I dug my fingers into the bread dough and squeezed. I stretched it and folded it over and mashed it down onto the counter. After kneading the dough for a few minutes, I formed it into two round balls. I floured the pizza pans and was about to flatten the dough onto them when a frog jumped up on the counter to my left. For a second we both froze and stared at each other. I was startled to see such a large frog. It was twice as big as my fist. That’s the largest frog I’ve seen in these parts. And it was sitting right next to my pizza dough! Moving quickly I grabbed it around the middle before it could jump away. It struggled a in my dough covered hands but I held tight. No way was I going to let it jump on my dough!
“How did you get in here?” I asked, even though I knew it couldn’t tell me. We don’t have a pond in the yard, so where could he have come from? I couldn’t begin to guess, but one thing I did know, he was going out the back door.
Once he was outside, I went back into the kitchen and I washed my hands and prepared the dough to go in the oven. I opened the oven and another frog jumped up on to the open door and then onto the pizza pan as I put it into the oven. It didn’t like the heat, I guess and jumped right back out. When I closed the oven there was frog on the stove top and more frogs hopping across the kitchen floor.
I was starting to wonder if I had be transported back to ancient Egypt right after Moses sent all those frogs as a plague on the people. But I knew that couldn’t be, because I just put my pizza dough in an electric oven. Egyptians would have wood fired ovens made of clay or bricks.
I grabbed the other pizza pan before the frogs crawled all over it and turned back to the clay oven and using the long handled paddle I stuck it through the little door and set it on the shelf over the flames.
With my bread baking I turned to the problem of the frogs. They were everywhere now. I watched them in horror as I realized it would be impossible to get them all out and keep them out.
Then I opened my eyes. I was sitting in bed with my back propped against a pillow, and there were no frogs.