My daughter, my muse

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I’m finally back. It’s been a couple of hectic weeks which started out with me feeling quite unwell. I also had a lovely surprise visit from my brother who lives a good 12-13 hour drive away, and then—of course—we had Christmas and Boxing Day.

With such focus on family and friends over the past few days, today’s post is dedicated to my daughter. I’ve secured some photographic evidence to accompany this post which I’m planning to show her when she’s a bit older, along with all the other embarrassing material I’ve collected over the past couple of years. You see, currently, my house has taken on the appearance of a crime scene, full of miniature dead bodies. Not in the way you might think though; Violet likes to leave her teddy bears and dolls ‘sleeping’ in various places around the house. We seem to be forever stepping (or tripping) over her toys who must have become so tired that they simply had to nap exactly where they were—too exhausted to make the long trek back to the toybox.

To help her cuddly friends get a good, relaxing rest, Violet likes to give them each a small blanket or sheet. But she does this by spreading said sheet out flat over the doll so that in addition to covering the body as normal, the doll’s head is also entirely covered. Our living room is often reminiscent of a scene of some horrific triple homicide just after an officer has arrived to cover the unfortunate dead bodies of the victims.

I don’t know where she picked up this habit. It’s not like I tuck her into bed of a night-time with the sheet pulled all the way up and covering her face. At first it was strange—even creepy—but we’ve become accustomed to navigating our way through the various corpses littering the floor as we make our way through the house. All I can say is that it must look extremely odd to our visitors!

Of course this peculiar behaviour has sparked an idea for a story. My children have provided me with more writing prompts than I could ever have hoped for. I’m sure by the time they’ve grown up and left home I’ll have enough to keep me going until my retirement!

I hope all of the newbies out there had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. For those who managed to pick up a bargain in the Boxing Day sales, congratulations. I’ve been trying to hide away in my house since around the 23rd to avoid the crowds and last-minute rush, but unfortunately I must get back into the swing of things now.

It’s almost time to flick the calendar over from 2011 to 2012, and there’s so much to get done before then. Like many, I’ve promised myself that this year will be different. I’ve managed to convince myself that I’ll somehow achieve all those resolutions that have so far remained just out of reach. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Perhaps 2012 will see some more people participating in the forum—I’m loving Mr Goblin’s quirky posts but it seems that he and Damien are the only active voices in forumland. I just love seeing the little symbol next to “The Lounge” turn green! Why not make more of them turn green by sharing some of your own writing, asking a question, or just introducing yourself.

Until next year…

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Emma is a freelance editor and writer who got her start at Newbie Writers two years ago. In her previous career she was an accountant, but escaped the numbers game to envelop herself in the literary world.

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  • Damien
    Posted on December 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Ha! Makes feel good that I’m not the only one to have a quirky toddler. Mine likes tools and ‘fixing’ things. So I find things wedged in door jams, under chairs etc.

    He does sometimes sleep with his sheet over his head. I usually go in later and pull it back down.

    As for forum I really want people to start posting! Post a sentence in the merkin mysteries, or say hi to mr goblin.

    Step out of your comfort zone and say hi!!

  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on December 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Lovely post, Emma. Violet sounds great fun! What lovely imagination. When my daughter was a toddler she placed things in bags scattered around the house in pretend shopping trips. We lost all letters, magazines, kitchen utensils, even my purse once! These days it’s hard to get her to go shopping. How times change. Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.

  • Rebecca Fyfe
    Posted on December 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

    LOL! You mad eme laugh out loud while reading this. I coudl easily picture your little sheet-covered “corpses” all over the house. My 3 year old son is not nearly as tidy with his. Nothng gets covered up, just left sprawled and tossed all over the house.

  • EditorProofer
    Posted on December 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thanks 🙂

    My husband recently bought a kayak so Lockie and Violet are now each hopping into big plastic containers and ‘paddling’ around the house as they weave their way through the bodies. Lol.

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