Tuesday, June 9, 2009

out of the mouths of babes

('It was raining and then a rainbow comed down. And then I saw the rainbow. The End.')

There are moments, in my life as a mother, when I'm caught unguarded. Like last week, when Cal came home from his last day of preschool eager to savor every piece of artwork and every story he'd written (dictated) throughout the year. There I was, holding him, smelling his little boy smell that, right there in that moment, smelled just like his baby smell. And for a split second, not really listening anymore to his explanations, because I was too busy inhaling all of the four-and-three-quarters-years of my little boy.

Here are some of the stories....

'The butterfly flew outside. It went on a flower. It flied to another flower. Then it found a home and it flied to it's home. Then it took a rest at it's home. The End.'


'Once upon a time I was in a garden. Then I hopped in a boat and it fired its cannon. The bad guy ship was trying to kill the other ship. The End.'


'It was my birthday. The End.'


'I was on an airplane. And then I went out to outer space. And then a big monster came. And then it tried to eat the airplane. The End.'


'The cat popped the earth and the earth popped the cat. He hopped in the submarine and got the sword from the bottom of the sea. The End.'


'There was a storm. The jelly beans fell from the sky. Then they dropped in the boat. Then the people catched them. Then the people ate them up. And then the boat kept going. Then it bumped into the dock and the people got off. Then they hopped on the dock and went into the houses. And then they went home. The End.'


'Once there was a dog. Then, the end!'

20 comments:

chelsea said...

I love, love love art + stories by little kids! So cute!

jeanamarie said...

the stories are priceless, the artwork inspiring and golden ... thanks for sharing this, lecia :)

Jeannette said...

I love the `Once there was a dog´ story! Priceless! ;)

Purple Flowers said...

I love the stories and the artwork. Thanks for sharing them.

Jodi said...

what a totally amazing way we now have of cataloguing a child's thoughts and stories. Soooo wonderful! So great for us. and them.

pve design said...

The end always leaves me wanting more.

heidi said...

i know you know this, BUT... that is some amazing writing for a 4.8 yr old. Seriously! Savor every moment! xoh

Deidra said...

I'm so glad you shared these with us. They are precious.

jane said...

i´m smiling. he has a great imagination. you have a budding writer. have a great week lecia- p.s. i use a pentax 100mm macro F2.8. I love it. but i think i´m the only person who shoots with a pentax...LOVE your weekend shots:)

Coffee with Cathy said...

Lecia -- my daughters are 25 and 22 and I treasure those stories and art works even more now. Priceless memories! Thank you for reminding us.

Ina in Alaska said...

I would have loved to be on the boat when the jelly beans fell from the sky!!! PS My word verification today is "Joyist" :)

Anonymous said...

All that reading aloud has given Cal a wonderful imagination and sense of story. His stories give us joy, but clearly he has taken great pleasure in both process and product himself!

Bri said...

Looks like you've got an artist in the making!

Kristin said...

Jellybeans falling from the sky? Sweet. That's my kinda kid!

nicola said...

one of my favorite kinds of posts. a reminder of how sweet they are at this age, in the middle of all the power struggles. it goes by so quickly, doesn't it?
love his art. i just posted last thursday what we do to savor our kids' art!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Frau said...

So cute I love THE END! Quite the budding artist.

Sarah said...

This is adorable. I am feeling particularly sentimental about motherhood tonight (my two boys are 2.5 and 5 months old)... xo

Kari said...

I love it. Priceless.
This is the last week of school for my daughter and she has so many of the same.
I love the jelly bean storm story. What an imagination!!

KPiep said...

One of my greatest treasures is my eldest's notebook from school this last year, in which the teacher carefully collected ALL of her writing and stories. I couldn't ask for anything better!

Enjoy your own precious stories, and thank you for sharing them!

samiya said...

cuuuuute.. beautifuuuuul stories.. :) having a month and a few days old of my own, capturing her each and every move has been on my mind ever since she is here.. :) i am really looking forward to her days whn shel come to me with her drawings and stories.. :) those are wat really make a mommy feel like a mommy.. :)