April 17, 2011

Once Upon A Time...

Once upon a time there was a dragon named Harriet. But sometimes named Pink. And this dragon was, of course, pink. But also sometimes she was purple. And sometimes pink with purple polkadots...

My daughter has become obsessed with "dragon stories". Every night, before bed, she insists that I scrape out whatever little creativity I have at the end of a long day and mash it together into the form of a story, about a dragon. Named Harriet. Or Pink. Let me tell ya, this was really fun when I first thought up the idea (yes, it's my fault, I brought this on myself). I had a whole slew of potential dragon predicaments ready and waiting to be unleashed on my innocent and easily entertained three year old. However, as the days...and weeks...and months passed I realize that coming up with new stories every.single.day has become downright challenging.

Take, for instance, Harriet's adventure this evening. Tonight Harriet (the PINK dragon) went to a birthday party, and had some cake. That's it. No magical fairies with gold wands, no epic sword fight amongst the guests, just a party. People showed up, they opened presents, they had some cake. And it was VANILLA cake, of all things. Obviously, my once-amazing story telling ability has begun to wither away. Unfortunately I'm not the only one who has noticed; Lainey looked a little glazed over during the whole story, almost as if she had created a new dragon world in her head that was much more exciting than the lame birthday story her mom came up with. And this is a girl who puts voices to her own FINGERS when she has no other toys, for crying out loud - to bore her is almost criminal.

I really need to get back on my game, before Lainey fires me from my story-telling duties or worse....makes me start reading Fox in Socks again (I can't do it, I just can't. You created some marvelous stories, Dr. Seuss, but I curse the day you put ink to paper with this one.) I only have a finite amount of time before my kids cast me into the shadows of the uncool, just like training wheels and Kenny G. So my "dragon story suggestion box" is officially open and looking for ideas, no matter how ridiculous or unbelievable the plot. I refuse to be the boring old mom, at least not for another 10 years or so...


  1. Give the dragon an arch enemy. Like a unicorn. That'd be rad.

  2. That's pretty cute. At least it's not discussin princesses again for the 400th time like my house!


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