Friday, November 7, 2008

I found my son's journal...he's on to me!

Dear Journal, I think I have an Octo-mom. There is no other explanation. She is always getting more done than seems humanly possible. The woman’s got tentacles, I just know it. I haven’t caught her using them but it is just a matter of time. I need to gather more evidence. ------------------------ Dear Journal, me again, I am hiding under the covers supposed to be going to sleep. Minutes ago while she was helping with my math homework, my mom also fed the baby, painted her toenails and paid some bills. I was sitting right there for crying out loud! I saw nothing. She is one sneaky cephalopod! ----------------------- Dear Journal, Today was my mom’s birthday. I drew her an underwater picture at school. When I gave it to her she said, “Thank you, I love the ocean!” Hmmmmmmmmmmm. And, if that wasn’t enough, Dad took her out for dinner … THE SEAFOOD BUFFET! She smelled fishy when she kissed me goodnight. (Yuck!) I can only imagine how much an octopus can eat. ---------------------- Dear Journal, I am setting my alarm for 6am to try and get a peek at how my mom gets her chores done every morning. Maybe I will catch her in the act. Maybe an extra arm will slip out. Maybe? ---------------------- Hi Journal, I hit the snooze button this morning and almost missed the bus so I didn’t have any time to spy on my mom. But when I got home there was a new flowerbed planted by my playhouse. My mom said she had some “help.” I am picturing that – I bet her helpers had suction cups! ---------------------- Dear Journal, I am freaking out about his Octo-Mom thing. I was just thinking…if my mom is an octopus…what am I? What about my dad? Oh dear, I think I am going to need another journal. --------------------- Just Me, Journal, She outdid herself today but not a single suction cup was spotted! We had company for dinner and the dishwasher broke. My mom washed all the dishes, took time to have tea with the guests, checked my homework, bathed my brother and put us to bed. I am tired just thinking about it. I guess octopuses have a lot of energy. Ugh! Good Night. ---------------------- Dear Journal, My mom wore a poncho today. She’s not really all that stylish so I am a little more suspicious than usual. She’s definitely hiding something! (or somethings) ---------------------- Dear Journal, Today my class went to the library and browsed the non-fiction section. I picked an ocean book and read that octopuses change color and shoot ink when they are mad. Whoa! Ink. My mom turned bright red when I showed the mailman where I got my shot but I didn’t see any ink. Nope. No ink. ---------------------- Dear Journal, Today I fell off my bike. My mom dropped the groceries to come help me up. She carried me inside and bandaged my knees. With eight legs you’d think she would have gotten the groceries put away, too. Hmmmmmmmmm. She’s slacking. ---------------------- Dear Journal, My teacher asked my mom to make cupcakes for the bake sale. I watched her put it on the calendar. she realized she was also making granola for my soccer snack the same day. She smiled and grabbed some ingredients from the pantry. I guess it’s not a difficult task…if you’ve got eight extra arms! ---------------------- O.K. Journal, This is hard work. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever prove my mom’s an underwater sea creature. She hugs like she has eight arms but I have only ever seen two. ---------------------- Dear Journal, Today at school I read that octopuses are completely deaf. I am stumped because this is not the case with my mom, she hears everything! Even when she is talking on the phone. Gasp. I wonder if her friends are octopuses, too. ----------------------- Dear Journal, At dinner my mom told my dad that while the baby slept she dusted the whole house “from floor to ceiling.” My human mom can’t reach the ceiling but I guess an “octo-mom” can. ------------------------ Dear Journal, My mom and I just read a book together. Snuggling with her makes me feel sleepy. I think I read that Octopuses are cold blooded but my mom felt cozy warm. I didn’t see any tentacles either…and I was looking. ----------------------- Dear Journal, This is the last page and I still haven’t solved the mystery. IS MY MOM AND OCTOPUS? I guess it doesn’t make a difference. She is still my mom. Even if she is an octopus – she is MY octopus and I love her, all of her! P.S. Wait aliens could have lots of arms. Could my mom be an alien? Oh no! Now I really need a new journal!
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OK, it's not REALLY my son's journal...just one of the picture books I have written that has gotten enough rejections to wallpaper a room with. Oh well. I have about 30 more where that came from...back to the drawing board!

19 comments:

♥Lisa♥ said...

That's really cute and creative.
what do those people want?? dang.

Anonymous said...

Who are you writing to appeal to here? Kids? Moms? I was uncertain.

~Issy said...

LOL.,..i think that it appeals to both--kids and Moms! As a Mom, i had to laugh as i know the feeling and the kid in me laughed as i use to wonder how my Mom always got things done!

My Semblance of Sanity said...

Anonymous,
Thanks for asking.
As children's authors have to do, we write books that appeal to BOTH child and adult. Let's face it, if the adult doesn't enjoy your premise...they won't be buying (or reading) your book.

I set out to entertain BOTH.

Bloggin' Mama said...

Michelle!

I love this book and my boys would too! Those publishers just don't know what they're talking about...

Keep up the good work!

The Real Life Fairy Tale Princess said...

That is absolutely great!! I loved it and was laughing the whole time!! You are so talented!!

noexcuses said...

That was wonderful! Maybe you could self-publish and put them all to shame!

Whatever you do, please keep writing!

Kirsten said...

Rejected? Really? I loved it, and as an octo-mom myself I will tell you it was quite on target, very realistic.

Vicki said...

I don't know why "they" don't like it...I loved it!

vicki in GA

Erin said...

That was funny. I loved the pictures :)

MaBunny said...

Those morons don't know what they are talking about! I loved it and wished I at elast FELT like an octo-mom, lol.
Loved the drawings too!

Ingrid said...

That was very cute. I enjoyed it as a mom-but let's face it. Most, if not all, children take these facts for granted, and would not even notice that Mommy was doing so much. Our HUSBANDS, grown, intelligent men (most of them, that is) don't even realize half the time what it takes to accomplish all that busy moms do.

texasknights said...

I find it cute and entertaining. I would be thrilled and honored to have that wallpaper my walls! :)

Stacy said...

I loved it! The pictures are great too. Can't believe it was rejected...

Wendy said...

Wish I were a publisher!

Brittania said...

I think your book will be a huge success when finally published. Just don't give up, I would love to read this to my kids when I have them.

Remember Thomas Edison once said that failing is a 2000-step process.

Kellyn said...

Really great writing. I'm fourteen and have a knack for writing myself. Realistic and comical? definitely a good combo.

Brittany... said...

I loved the story!!! I read it about 2 times and I garentee you that it was amazing!!! it should definitly get published! Good job!

Anonymous said...

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