Friday, 25 January 2013

Blue Lights, Rainbows, and Fighting Words

If it’s Thursday evening, it must be Rainbows and, as our daughter and son-in-law don’t get home from work until around six, transporting SW two miles to the village hall for her weekly meeting, falls to me. It’s always entertaining being in the car with SW. Even a short journey can turn up some magic moments. During the recent freeze we stopped along the lane to wonder at a section of hedge that was loaded with icicles. As we reluctantly pulled away, SW’s imagination went into overdrive. We were still competing for the most fantastic explanation of how a hedge can support so many icicles, long after I turned the engine off.

SW’s latest thing is running through the levers, switches, and dashboard lights.

SW: “You see that little blue light?”

Me: “Oh yes.”

SW: “Well, that tells you that your lights are on full-beam.”

Me: “That’s right.”

SW: "But it looks like a blue jellyfish swimming sideways."

You see? I told you about the magic moments.

If you’re intrigued by stories written by kids, you could do much worse than visit Fighting Words, a creative writing project set up by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. It’s one of my favourite places on the internet. I mean, who could resist a story that features a farmer called Bob with only one eye and three legs, and Bob’s best friend Anto, the purple suit-wearing cow?
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10 comments:

  1. A jelly fish swimming sideways. It's so obvious now!

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    1. I'll never see it in quite the same way again, Lynne.

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  2. Sometimes they see things so much clearer than we do.

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    1. And they don't need to be using full-beam, Alan!

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  3. Being a non-driver, I'd always wondered why there was a picture of a sideways swimming jellyfish on the dashboard. Thanks for clearing that up!

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  4. children have such innocene, yet without even trying they can teach us a plethora of things!

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  5. Of course it's an octopus! SW 'sees' what we don't and I hope she manages to hold on to that skill as she grows. Thanks for the link to Fighting Words.

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  6. I'm sure that SW will soon be a resident writer at Fighting Words.

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  7. I'll never see the brights symbol the same way again - thank you Martin and Speckly Woo!

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