|Delightful. A tale told with just the right amount of detail and panache Funnily enough, it reminds me of an incident I saw when I was working in the High Court of Zimbabwe. My office overlooked a long flight of steps leading from the main entrance to the court down to the sidewalk. I was staring vaguely out of the window one day when a well-dressed lawyer appeared in the doorway and then started down the steps. On the second or third step, he was just a little too close to the edge and his foot slipped. Unfortunately, this gave him enough forward momentum to hit the next edge. Arms flailing and somehow retaining his balance to remain upright, he slipped from one step to the next, bumping down the entire flight. I know its not nice to laugh at another's misfortune but I couldn't help it - I laughed and laughed and laughed.
What really put the frosting on the cake was that, at the bottom, he landed with one final bump. Without pausing, he walked off as though nothing had happened. I wish I could tell you that he whistled as he did so but it would be a lie.
But, to return to your story, I particularly like the idea of Mr Peabody surfing down the steps on a binder. You bring the whole scene vividly to life and have the subtlety not to overstreess anything so that it launches into slapstick. The story requires your cool, matter-of-fact approach and that is exactly what you have achieved. Well done.
And, of course, the ping pong ball eyes bring everything full circle. Bravo!