He Writes Stories

I never told Eddie that I have a blog.  He has no idea what a blog is or what I do with mine.

He doesn’t even know that I teach writing.  Eddie only knows that his mommy is a teacher and has a classroom and big kids that she teaches.  He also knows that I spend lots of time doing “work” on my ‘puter.

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A few months ago, Cort took one of our defunct laptops (yes, I know this is a “you know you’re married to a computer geek when” joke), put Windows 8 on it (don’t even get me started on how dumb that is), and made Eddie a “Game ‘Puter”.

It has internet, but the only sites that are not currently blocked are PBS Kids, Disney Jr, and Nick Jr.

Eddie also has access to Word.

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A few weeks ago, I asked Eddie what game he was playing.

“I’m not playing a game.”

“What are you doing then?”

“I’m writing my stories.”

“Your stories?  What kind of stories?”

“Well, this one is about daddy and his best friend, Mat, and how they never get to see each other because Mat lives so far away and they are sad because friends love each other and want to see each other.”

“Wow, Eddie. That is good.”

“Yeah, but now I think I will write the story about when God died.”

“You mean when Jesus died?”

“Yup. Same thing.”

And away his little fingers went all bunched up over the keyboard simulating what he has seen Cortney and I do when we are on our computers.

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Sometimes his stories are based on something we read from one of his books or from his Bible.  Sometimes they are based on what he knows about family (he has also “written” about how Papa and the cat are both in heaven and he misses them).  Sometimes he makes up funny stuff right from his imagination, like the time he told me he was Bad and he had a Bad Cat and a Bad Baby and the Bad Baby knew karate.

Each time he “writes” a new story or song (oh yeah, he also writes songs apparently), he calls me over to see what he has written.  The last story looked something like this:

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I believe that one was about the Bad Baby who knew karate.  Clearly.

All joking aside, my heart melted when he told me he likes to write stories.  He has asked me what the letters he puts together say, and I told him that letters have to be put together in a special order to make words.

“Like in my books?”

“Yup. Like that.”

“Will you teach me to do that?  Will you teach me to reads those words too?”

Oh my heart. At that moment I wanted to pull him close to me and tell him how special words are.  I wanted to whisper in his ear that words can set your soul free of so many burdens, either by writing out your own or reading the words of others.  Words are freeing.

But instead I smiled and told him, “yes.”

Yes.

So much yes, Eddie.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl…wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. That’s awesome! I love it!

  2. What an amazing story really made me smile 🙂 thanks for sharing

  3. So sweet, at five my son loves to tell stories and, I might be a little biased but he’s good. I’m hoping he finds a love for writing them down as I have.

  4. That is absolutely adorable and cute. My little girl “writes” in her journal all the time… Who knows, maybe Eddie will have a blog (or whatever it is that will be around then) when he is older. 🙂

  5. Awwww love those pics of him he is such an adorable little man. I think it goes to show he has seen you find moments of happiness with your computer when you do get the moment to sit down an write. While he isn’t aware of all you do he knows it is important to you. I think it is so sweet when they want to ‘be like us’ even if they don’t realize that they are mimicking us.

  6. This is great! It sounds to me like it’s more than that he wants to be like the two of you. It sounds to me like he really likes the idea of writing a story! I can’t wait to read his future novel!

  7. So so so sweet. Such an amazing kid you have there.

  8. Beautiful post, it touches my heart, hope my son is like this one day!

  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  10. This made my heart happy. You clearly are doing something really right.

  11. Oh the stories he’ll write! Beautifully written, as always!

  12. Oh. My. God. This makes me absolutely swoon. You must have nearly passed out!

  13. I think we writers all need an Eddie in our lives.
    xoxo

  14. We wrote stories today, too! (I can’t tell Abbey Eddie has a ‘puter of his own. She’d be verklempt.)

  15. Aww! This melted my heart. My boys really like writing stories, and my oldest one likes to draw as well. I love seeing things through little one’s eyes. 🙂

  16. I love this!! What a sweet story!

  17. Oh my Gosh, cutest, best thing ever!! 🙂 Love it! Stopping by from SITS Sharefest on Twitter!-Ashley

  18. A son after his own mama’s heart! So cute.