“Do you want to wear this shirt?” I ask Mister, holding up his dinosaur shirt. “Aunt Katie got you this shirt.”
“No. I don’t like it,” he says.
“How about this one?” I show him one with blue and gray stripes.
“No. I don’t want that shirt,” he whines.
“This one, then?” It has a robot with googly eyes.
“No.” He’s flopping on the floor now.
“Then what do you want to wear?”
He stops his flopping and peeks in the drawer.
“This one.” He pulls out his Elmo shirt that is washed out, has paint on the front, and is too small. You know, the kind of shirt that makes my kid look like nobody loves him. But with terrible twos going on, I’m choosing my battles. Plus, we aren’t planning to leave the house today. Conceding, I help him pull it on.
I hope Mister won’t always be most comfortable in the thing I least want him to wear.
Sorry for the delayed new post. With Susanna Leonard Hill’s In Just Spring story contest going on, I wanted to leave that post up for as long as I could. I did not, by the way, get chosen as a finalist in the contest. It’s okay. The story wasn’t very good anyway, but I’m proud that I managed to make at least some of the story representative of me.
Like the story about Mister’s favorite shirt above, some things are just more comfortable than others. I’m more comfortable writing picture books that have spare text, no character’s (or characters’) names, and a touch of irony. It was lacking in a lot of other areas, but I think my spring story had all three of those things.
So the questions for this week deal with what makes you comfortable. I look forward to reading your answer in the comments!
What item do you own that is very “you?” What is very “you” about your writing?