Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday with Tink

My favorite conversation this week, before Thor and I's date night:

TINK: Why are you getting all fancy?* And why do we have a babysitter?
JACQUI: Because I am going out to a romantic dinner with my lover (fake smoochy noises).
TINK: Oh. What is Dada doing?

I'm not sure who she thinks is my lover. Probably the squirrel guy. But we are no longer an item since I think (hope) he took the last squirrel away. Also, I need boyfriends who arrive on time and don't leave squirrel-fur-encrusted blobs of peanut butter on my walls.

Tink published a book this week. It's called The Crisp Boo, and it's a humorous ghost story. A kid comes home to an empty house and a blood-covered note that says, "I am lost. Please find me. Love, Mom." Sweet hook, eh? Tink worked hard on it, so I let her type it on my laptop and print it out to illustrate and bind with staples. At the end of the book, she made an "About the Author" page. As she was coloring it, we talked.

TINK: Mama, you get to decide which of my stories we make into books.
JACQUI: Yes.
TINK: And you help me fix them first.
JACQUI: Yes.
TINK: Mama, you are like my editor!

Oh, the power!

13 comments:

Debbie said...

THE CRISP BOO - I love it. Tink definitely has a way with words.

J. Thorp said...

Love this post, J-Rob. But is there a missing footnote? I ask, because I tend to like footnotes ... humorous ones, at least.

Rena said...

Oh, I love this post!

Jacqui said...

Thorp, you are right. Somewhere in the ether it says:
"* and by "fancy" she means "showered."

Thanks, Rena and Debbie.

Angela said...

That is so unbelievably cute with your daughter! The Crisp Boo--I love it!

Anonymous said...

Jacqui-Did you ever think your mother's lover was your father? Tink must be so smart-I'm sure her "books" are wonderful.

C.R. Evers said...

awwww! how sweet! :0)

Brenda said...

What an adorable post...What a talented daughter you have...hugs..

Mary Witzl said...

Awww! I used to write my own books too -- it was so much easier back then. I seem to have lost the knack.

And how cute that your little girl knew the word for 'editor'.

sruble said...

I <3 Tink. She's so smart and funny! (Or at least the conversations you post on your blog are, but I assume she's like that all the time.)

Colorado Writer said...

This is so funny.

Ps. What is a date?

Jacqui said...

Anonymous: good point.

To all: thanks for thinking Tink is cute. After her behavior the last two days, though, I am looking to sell her...

CW: ha!

cindy said...

haha! i love this! i love it that your writing life is so normal to her as part of her life. =D go tink!!