Little kids tell the best stories.
What if they don’t have all the facts? They simply make it up as they go.
They fill in the blanks with crazy, beautiful stuff they pull from their wee minds.
It’s storytelling at its best.
I thought it would be fun to share on my blog some of what I call my funny, family “shorts.”
Here’s one I dug out of my writing archives.
My five-year-old granddaughter arrived at my house for a sleepover.
Rolling her little people Barbie suitcase behind her, she came running into the living room.
Something exciting was afoot.
Chloe shouted, “I have a story that will really, really, really, really, really surprise you.”
She said “really” five times. I assumed it must be a good story.
She went on to say:
“Well, we were eating lunch at my school, you know my school where you went to the Halloween parade, right? And a girl, I can’t remember her name, ate her sandwich and didn’t know her toof fell out.”
“And she looked everywhere for it but (she takes a deep breath) she swallowed it and I bet you don’t believe it right, Mimi, but it’s actually really true. She … swallowed … her … toof.”
Toof Fairy Problem
Drawing on my grandmotherly acting skills; I gasped in disbelief.
I said to her, “Well, how’s the tooth fairy going to come for her tooth if she swallowed it?”
Obviously, that thought never crossed my granddaughter’s mind until I brought it up. Now, she appeared genuinely concerned.
Rather than feeling upset over the disturbing idea the tooth fairy might not show up for the little girl, she quickly added, “Oh, yeah, she found it. I remember that now.”
Not letting her off the hook just yet, I responded, “You said she swallowed the tooth. So, where did she find it?”
In classic five-year-old drama mode, my granddaughter cast her big, blue eyes toward heaven for some reason. Maybe hoping for divine intervention.
She said, “Um … um … let me think … um … oh, she found her toof when she throwed up I think.”
“She didn’t throwed up at school.”
“Probably, she throwed up when she got home and her mother washed off her toof and the toof fairy came that night, or the next night I think.”
What a kid. What a save.