Wednesday, 12 October 2011
at 7:29 pm by Julie
Wriggly, at dinner table: Can I have a mummy story?
Me: But you didn't like the mummy story I told you last night.
Wriggly: Can I have a better mummy story? Last night's mummy story wasn't very good, really.
Me: Well OK. What would make a better mummy story?
Wriggly: Will it have a throttle it in it?
Me: Jemima Throttlebot? Would you like her to be in it?
Me: OK, what about Jemima Throttlebot's mummy?
Me: And can there be a tiger.
Me: Oh. Can there be a dragon?
Wriggly: No! Just Jemima and her mummy.
Me: Oh. You're not making it very easy to make it a better mummy story. Can they go somewhere exciting?
Me: Phew. Can they go to Barbados?
Wriggly: They can go to a tree!
Wriggly: Yes! A tree! And then the tree will fall over on Aunty Joyce's clothesline and then she'll have to get a new one!
Me: Um, OK, well when it's bedtime.
Wriggly: Yes, a better mummy story!
Dinner completed, etc, Wriggly snuggled up in bed I undertake the challenging task of constructing a story featuring two characters and a v limited narrative arch and making it better than last night's.
Me: ...and then they went home, the end.
Wriggly: I didn't really like that story. I need another story, a better story.
Me: Good night.