Being Shown Up by my Kiddo

I spend a great deal of time talking about writing, studying writing, and reading other peoples’ writing. What I don’t spend a great deal of time doing is writing. Unless you count blogs, board comments, and emails, but we can’t really count those.

Just when I convinced myself I shouldn’t feel guilty for putting the writing on the back burner while I settle all the other demands in my life, my daughter has become a prolific writer. She loves to make up stories and they are not the typical fare you’d expect from an eight year old. When she has a new project, she pushes herself to write and even illustrates every page.

An example of her depth can be found in her latest project. Her class is spending the week learning about Ancient Greece, which has become the backdrop of her story about a young Greek girl. You might expect her to talk about the neat house where the girl lives or the pretty dresses she wears, but not my kiddo. Her character loses her mother in a fire at age five, loses her father to war at age 13, and is now facing the world on her own. I can’t wait to see what tragedy befalls this child next.

Let me say once again, my daughter is EIGHT YEARS OLD? Talk about feeling inferior. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud beyond belief. She’s asked a couple of times in the last week if we can get her books published. I have the means to print her work, include her illustrations and even bind it into a book so my plan is to make it happen and put her book into her hands. Here’s hoping one day I find someone to do the same for me.

Your turn to gush. What have your kids done to make you proud? If you don’t have kids, how about nieces, nephews or someone special in your life who inspires you? And is anyone else as worried as I am that my daughter’s story is NOT going to have a HEA?

18 thoughts on “Being Shown Up by my Kiddo”

  1. Quantum says:

    I’m not surprised that you have a talented daughter Terri!

    I have always been fascinated by natural phenomena. Magnets and gyroscopes were the earliest things I remember puzzling over.

    When I was 15 though, smudge the family cat once walked through a living room packed with people chatting and made a bee line for me. She then dumped her kitten in my lap while she went off to hunt mice or something. I will never forget that moment and attribute it to some form of animal magnetism.*g*

    Now that I’m much much older I find that many pets and also children still seem to gravitate toward me. I think it may be that part of me has never grown up because I love to play with children. If there is a ball around I can’t resist a spot of dribbling (football) or turning my arm to bowl a leg break (cricket). My four year old grand daughter seems particularly attached to me now and is always pestering to visit gravy’s house…she calls me gravy!

    Its her 5th birthday soon and I think she’s expecting something spectacular from me. I’ve started practising the old conjuring tricks I used to know and might try a spot of spoon bending or maybe a super magnet spectacular. Suggestions gratefully received! *g*

    Good Lord, look at the time. Can’t stop here chatting all day….discoveries to be made and all that.


  2. Quantum says:

    Oops. Looks as though I answered the wrong question!

    Perhaps I could pass as a politician? *g*

  3. terrio says:

    Q – you can answer any question you like. Those tricks sound kind of cool. Afraid I have no additional ideas. Though I am taking Science this quarter (Heaven help me!) so I may have ideas later. And be prepared for questions from me when I haven’t a clue what the heck the teacher is talking about.

    I still can’t get over that she calls you Gravy. That’s the cutest thing. My ex called his great grandmother Pepper. That’s what everyone called her though it wasn’t her name. I never did find out why they called her that.

  4. MsHellion says:

    BOY, like mother like daughter. Bring on the angst!

  5. terrio says:

    But I haven’t killed anyone….yet. LOL! And I certainly haven’t turned any characters into orphans. Ok, so my heroine’s father abandoned her and he will die in the course of the story and the hero’s fiance was recently killed and….

    OMG! You’re right! LOL!

  6. Yay for Is… I love her artistic little heart!

    And hellion said it perfectly. πŸ™‚

  7. terrio says:

    Tiff – I know your little ones have their own artistic streaks. Since Asia is a mini-me version of you, I can’t wait to see what that child writes. LOL!

  8. irisheyes says:

    Ter, that’s hysterical. Way to go Isabelle!

    My daughter has been published – hardcover no less! She’s been writing stories for a couple of years now and last year they had a program at her school where they picked some of the stories and published them. Her story was about a girl whose parents were divorcing and her mother was leaving her in NY with her father to move to Chicago. The girl decides she wants to live with her mother and makes a cross country trip by herself to meet up with her mother in Chicago. It’s about all the adventures she encounters on the way. Pretty heavy subject matter for an 11 year old (this was last year). Her story did have a HEA, even though it started out kind of sad. The boy she meets on the train is looking for his father. Ends up that her mother and his father end up together and they all stay in Chicago. Her father moves there too to be close to her. I didn’t even know she knew what divorce was!!!

    It’s unbelievable the books this girl reads… holocaust, WWII survivor camps, foster kids… these books have nothing on Anne Frank. I told her to get a little HEA in her life and that was an order. She told me that her teacher told her that if noone dies the author doesn’t get an award. How’s that for commercialization! From an 11 year old yet!

  9. terrio says:

    Major kudos to the Little Irish! That’s terrific!!! And I’m sure having friends that have dealt with divorcing parents influenced that one.

    I can’t believe her teacher told her that. Has the woman (man?) never heard of the RITAs?! Who needs that old Pulitzer anyway? LOL!

  10. Stephanie J says:

    Sounds like your daughter is incredibly talented! Has she considered entering contests? The Harper contest comes to mind (Mary Danielson) but I’m sure there are a lot of contests geared more towards her age.

    And, um, if she could pass on some of that plotting talent to me that would be appreciated! πŸ˜‰

  11. My nephew always figures out computer problems I’m having. He’s I don’t know if that reflects positively on him or negatively on My nieces are gifted and I love them to pieces. Those kids really are the greatest things in my life other than my parents…and my …well, I guess,

  12. terrio says:

    Stephanie – we haven’t thought about contests but I probably should look into that. Might as well get her one the path early so it won’t take her s long as it took me to get going in the right direction.

    Kelly – Those neices and nephews sound great. Kids know more about computers than most of us adults. LOL! I never even saw a computer in person until 8th grade!

    And your secret is safe with us. We won’t tell your brothers that you secretly like them. πŸ˜‰

  13. Janga says:

    Heart cheers for Isabelle. May she always have that creativity and confidence!

    The eight-year-old grand is a voracious reader, but her writing so far is limited to what she has to write for school and to what she writes in her Hannah Montanna journal. The six-year-old tells wonderful stories about animals with magical powers who have marvelous adventures, but his writing skills are still limited. I think we have a budding actor in the two-year-old. He stole the show at his chuch Christmas pageant. He was a donkey with one line (Hee-haw!), but he delivered it with great aplomb, and he bowed and blew kisses to the congregation until the director gently led him off stage. πŸ™‚

  14. terrio says:

    Janga – sounds like that 2 yr old will have them eating out of his hands in no time. LOL! Isabelle has done the drama thing (acting classes), the singing thing (private lessons and performed on stage with her dad’s band), and is now moving to the writing.

    At this point, I think it’s safe to say she’ll always be entertaining people in some way.

  15. Marnee Jo says:

    Yay Is! πŸ™‚ That’s awesome! How proud you must be!

    My kiddo’s 1, so his highs and lows don’t appear to be as impressive, but they feel impressive to me. He just started pointing to different body parts on command. Nose and toes are the most recent ones.

    Watching small people grow is the most fulfilling thing.

  16. J.K. Coi says:

    Terri, it’s great when our children really show an interest in something isn’t it? My son is only 5, but he already says he is writing a book “like mommy”. Technically, he wants me to write the book and he is the illustrator. It’s great fun. So far we’ve done five pages of a play-by-play soccer game.

  17. terrio says:

    Marnee – all of those milestones are very impressive. The next year is going to be so fun for you. This is when they really start to take off. And then once he’s 2, you’ll long for the days when he could do nothing by lay there and look cute. LOL!

    J.K. – Isn’t fun how they want to illustrate everything. They are communicating through words but the visuals are so important. And I bet that’s the most exciting soccer game around!

  18. I’ll never forget when my youngest was in elementary school. There was always an end of year assembly to pass out class and school-wide awards. Her name was called so many times for everything that she got so embarrassed she didn’t want to get up anymore. She was valedictorian of her high school class, a 4 year honor roll student, graduated from college magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She’s also athletic (played soccer, captained h.s. basketball and tennis teams) artistic (designs jewelry and won awards) and beautiful. Her siblings should hate her, but nobody does. She never fights with anyone but doesn’t put up with any crap, either.

    All my kids have wonderful traits of kindness and humor. My entrepreneuring son can design and print anything, the oldest daughter was an actress, sings, is expert at handling difficult people and a great mom with the cutest baby in the world, and the middle daughter won acting awards, sings, designs gardens and her house could be photographed at any time of the night or day. Thanks for giving me a public forum to state just how proud I am of all of them, and how much I love them.

    And Isabelle can write a tragedy if she wants. *g*

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