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Monday, January 28, 2013

Home for the Holidays


  Do you want to go make a snowman?

I’m playing with my dolly.

Get your thumb out of your mouth. Dolly will be here when we get back. Here, put on the snow pants Nana got you.

They’re ugly

They’ll keep you warm and dry. We’ll make an igloo. A fort. Have a snowball fight.

 Why?

 Because it’s fun. and because you’ve never seen snow like this, enough to tunnel under.

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“WHO WANTS TO COME MAKE A SNOWMAN WITH US?”

 Mommy don’t yell, you hurt my ear.

Here, put this hat on.

That hat is ugly.

It’s warm, put it on. Boots, gloves, jacket. Good. Let’s go.

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Nana, are you coming with us?

We’re taking the dogs out for a walk, pumpkin.

What dogs? Muffin?

Yes, Muffin. And Aunt Susan’s dog Noodles. And Uncle Gerald’s dog Chief. Wouldn’t you like to come for a walk with us?

Mum, why don’t you all come and help us build a snowman.

TIME FOR WALKIES!! Muffin! Noodles! Chief! Oh ho ho, what good doggies. Come, come. Gerald! Susan! Goodbye dear. Sure you won’t come?

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Mommy, it’s cold out here!

Yes, sweetie, it’s very cold. Help me dig and you’ll warm up. Look, the mouth of the tunnel is almost as tall as you are. You’ll have to crawl, though. I don’t want the roof to cave in.

My mittens are wet. I don’t want to crawl. Where are the doggies?

The doggies are on their walkies with their mummies and daddies. You and I are building you a snow cave. Go in, see if you fit.

My cheeks hurt. Mommy, do your cheeks hurt?

No.

Mommy.

Just about done. Can you get in there?

I’m cold, Mommy. My mittens are wet.

There, you look so cute. Where’s the camera?

Oh! Doggies barking! Mommy!

Yes, of course. The camera is with the dogs.

Mommy! My nose hurts!

Okay. Let’s go get some hot cocoa.

And some for the doggies?

No. None for the doggies.


44 comments:

  1. Cute story. She is the exact opposite of my kids. I say lets play in the snow and they would jump to wear burlap sacks on their heads if I asked. They also won't complain about being cold, I've found because they are afraid I might make them come inside. Little polar bears, the two of them. Thanks for the good read :)

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    1. That would have been me, tenword, but no my kids. Barcelona doesn't prepare you for playing in the snow! Thanks for reading!

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    1. So glad you love it, Deana. Thanks!

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  3. Awww.. Such a cute interaction between the mother and daughter..:-) The daughter's reluctance and mother's insistence nicely portrayed. Nicely done.

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    1. It's a pull-tight and loosen-up game, as they say in Spain. Thanks muZer.

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  4. Love the way you've written this piece Kymm. The mother's frustration with her own mother comes through beautifully - and her interaction with her daughter is fantastic. Great story!

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    1. *sigh* I was beginning to wonder if it came through at all. Thank you so much, Suzanne!

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  5. cute tale (or should I say tail? where are the doggies?). You wrote it as though you were living it that very moment.

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    1. Ha ha. Feels like it (the moment) sometimes. Thanks, Jody.

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  6. Generations of frustrating fun! I enjoyed the fast clip that this moves along. I found the interaction between mom and daughter - both of them - touching - and real.

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    1. Thanks, Steph. We're all cute when we're small...

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  7. I loved this - my grands are snow bunnies . . . can hardly keep them out of the stuff. Good thng we get a lot. :)

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    1. Good thing you like it! Thanks, Barbara.

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  8. Nice story! I wonder why all the dogs were named after eatables :-P

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    1. Thanks, Habiba! [variations on a theme, but only 2 of 3]

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  9. The last part of the story filled me with sadness and I'm so very happy that your characters managed to crawl out of the tunnel and go get some cocoa!

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    1. Prefer you be happy than sad, but cocoa ftw!

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  10. Oh, the challenges of the indoor kid! I'm sure it's character building if cold.

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    1. More a Mediterranean kid than an indoor kid, but still character building. Thanks for reading, Annabelle!

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  11. Very understanable and related reactions na dialogue. Way to hit the right emo notes, with this, Kymm.

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    1. Thanks, Lance. That's really nice to hear!

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  12. I always wanted to build the snow fort. Now, the grandkids would love to, but I'm a little slower to join in. And the snow is less now than when I was young.
    almost sounds like I want to join, hmmmm

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    1. It's always less than when we were young, Renee!

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  13. The mother seemed more like the kid than the kid wanted to be (: Cute story.

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    1. Trying to pass on traditions isn't always as easy as it looks... Thanks, Draug.

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  14. This was a cute scene. I got a little nervous when she climbed in the cave, but I'm glad all was well and she was destined for hot chocolate :)

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    1. Yeah, lucky she got out before the dogs got back. Thanks, Janna!

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    1. Didn´t realize I could do cute! Thanks, Joe.

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  16. Very cute and real story. Nice one!

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    1. Thanks, lumdog. It's the doggies, isn't it?

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    1. Glad to hear that. Thanks for reading, Tony.

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  18. I was getting worried about that snow cave with the child in there-heaved a sigh of relief when everything turned to that hot cup of cocoa:-)Loved how you brought the scene alive with your words
    Kymm:-)

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    1. Thank you, Atreyee! You really don't need to worry about snow caves. It's not like there would be an avalanche or anything. The roof falls in and your cave is wrecked, that's all. Running out of hot cocoa would be a tragedy, however.

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  19. This felt very original and authentic to me, and I enjoyed this story-telling approach of all dialogue. Did I mention there is snow outside my window?

    Thank you for making me feel welcome on my first Trifecta post.

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    1. Thank you, Tina. Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry for your snow.

      And you're welcome. Trifecta is a welcoming kinda place.

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  20. I always send mine out into the snow with the dogs. No cold toes for me!

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    1. : ) No dogs. No snow. Thanks for reading, Cameron!

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  21. We have no snow here. Nada. I am jealous!

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    1. No snow here, either! Thanks for reading, Tina.

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