One day he took the book to school for show and tell, and lost it.
Meanwhile second son came along and didn’t really care for bedtime fiction. He didn’t talk much when he was small, but he cried plenty if I was foolish enough to try to tiptoe out the bedroom door, or if I made the slightest noise while staying by his side until he fell asleep.
And then came number three.
Somewhere in there I got too frantically busy to write, and too tired to tell consistent stories to my kids. I would start to read then feel a small hand urgently waking me up with “Mum, that’s not what it says.” I’d tell stories over board games instead, creating fictions from the pieces and cards, while smallest son made castles in the air.
That littlest son is the one who figured out computers are for writing on, so he scrawled all over the screen. Meanwhile I finally started scrawling again, or at least typing. I even sent my stories to a publisher, who rejected them. And the kids grew up.
Oldest son, once so very small, now towers over me. He talks about how things will be when his kids reach twenty, and I take comfort in the thought that maybe that means I’ll be a grandma one day. Not that any of those sons are making promises, to me or anyone else. But at least their growing up has given me time, at last, to write. I type my tales of boys and cats, of Bethlehem and babies, of Christmas trees and fairies, and dragons and monsters too, all into the computer. I compile them into books and rejoice in the fact that at last a publisher said yes!
Of course, the books, written on computers instead of paper, offer only plastic keys instead of creamy textures beneath my fingers. They’re published to be read on computers too, and I wonder if that long-ago son would have believed a story was real if I’d shown him the words on a back-lit screen.
Still, maybe I’ll fall asleep reading Bethlehem’s Baby to my grandchildren one day and a small hand will wake me with, “Grandma, that’s not what it says.”
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