8 Mar 2011 4 pm eastern

Ava’s Story

Here is a story my daughter wrote in school today. I’ve corrected the charming first-grade spelling.

I was going to school with my Dad. I did morning meeting lunch recess and I went to Miss Vickie’s. We made stories. I wrote about Toys-R-Us. It was the end of the day. My dad picked me up from school. I played with my cats and with my Smurfs. I watched a movie. My Dad made me dinner. I rang my neighbor’s doorbell. I asked for a play date but I couldn’t ’cause she was taking a bath. So I watched the Simpsons. My Dad read me a story. I kept on wanting my water. I tried to sleep but I could not. One of my cats bit my hair. So my Dad put him in the kitchen. But I still couldn’t sleep. I got scared but my Dad held me tight. So I wasn’t. I looked at the ceiling. My Dad was snoring so I went to sleep.

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32 Responses to “Ava’s Story”

  1. Candi said on

    That’s amazing that she can sleep through snoring. Some people can’t. Or at least that’s what my boyfriend tells me.

  2. Tom L said on

    I know not why your daughter was scared or why she was unable to sleep, but this set me on edge, shot a pang to my gut and tears welled in my eyes. I’m a father as well. I hope all is well.

  3. Shane Guymon said on

    What a great story! Love the part where her Dad is able to make her feel safe. Also the part about the water reminds me of my daughter who HAS to have water with her when she goes to bed. She rarely drinks it, but just having the cup of water makes her feel complete.

  4. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    I need water when I go to bed, too!

  5. Robyn said on

    Precious =) I saved all of the stories my three wrote when they were young – love looking thru them when I run across them every now and then. And how cool to see how she recognizes that dad makes her safe =)

  6. Geri Coady said on

    Oh my. This is just the cutest!

  7. Colleen Wainwright said on

    The cat hair-eating part and the water part are my favorites, but the storytelling is vivid throughout, and Miss Ava has a strong voice.

  8. prisca said on

    What a lovely little story…. so sweet – thanks for sharing ;)

  9. Jared said on

    We are expecting our first child in late June and reading this story makes me look forward to being a father even more. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Max Daniels said on

    Beautiful! Thank you, because I never don’t need a shot of the glamorous on a Tuesday afternoon.

  11. MYGRampage said on

    A great story! My two older boys need water for bed (as do I) and we all rarely drink it.

  12. judy said on

    that is so lovely the innocence of children as it should be

  13. Haunani Pao said on

    I love how ‘simple’ and safe her day is. I can’t have water next to the bed. I’ll probably make a mess. Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Christopher Lee said on

    This is a great post…I’m a new father myself and can only imagine what it will be like when my daughter starts writing stories. They will be the most precious things in the world to me. Thanks for sharing. Chris

  15. Stephen Van Tuyl said on

    What a priceless treasure! Hang on to this one my friend.

  16. CU Joe said on

    Ava confirms what we all know. You are an awesome dad.

  17. Christopher said on

    By omitting the unnecessary and focusing on what is important (from a distinctive perspective), the author creates a mood of wonderfullness.

  18. Jeff King said on

    Great story. But I think it would have been better with the original spelling.

  19. Dave Sailer said on

    I weep now.

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  20. Nancy McLamb said on

    Smurfs and Simpsons; Story-reading and water-needing; Hair-biting cats and fear-crushing arms. And love throughout. What wonderfulness!

  21. taotsu said on

    lovely! can’t wait for mine to even able to speak ^-^ though no smurfs here, luckily!

  22. Don Ulrich said on

    Jeffrey, creating a safe place, an environment that makes her feel confident
    and self assured. This is priceless. You the man.

  23. Colin Watson said on

    Life as it should be. Doesn’t get better than that. Both for parent and child. Glad to hear it’s not just my 2 year old who asks for water during the night. I keep it within arm’s reach and am able to draw it from my holster in my sleep. At least, that’s what it seems like.

    But my daughter has specific requirements. She will ask me for her water, but will insist that she return it to her mother. I guess it’s one of those ‘everyone must wake up’ things. LOL!

  24. Brian said on

    She could sleep, because if DAD could snore, everything is going to be all-right.

    Daughters need their Daddies. My little Rebecca (the only girl among four brothers) hangs on to me soooo tight at bedtime, and promises that she’ll never leave me. She says “I’ll cover you with loves.” which makes me think she’s been reading the Song of Solomon. ;)

  25. Alena Chenevix Tench said on

    soooo funny. had to laugh aloud :)

  26. Theo said on

    Beautiful story, lifts your spirit and warms your soul.

  27. Stephane Deschamps said on

    Haha, so cute. I get to snore on the couch on Sundays while watching cartoons. They don’t relax: they shake me so that I wake up. Naughty kids. :)

  28. Dustin Hansen said on

    Love it. Reminds me of a similar story with my daughter…Good times, good times.

  29. Carl Peterson said on

    Little kids’ stories are great. My six year old daughter just wrote a story in kindergarten about a silly tornado that juggles three houses.

    I would’ve liked to have seen the original spelling. Sometimes that can be the best part. :)

  30. mschindler said on

    Awesome! The emotional rhythm kinda reminds me of your stuff.

  31. Kimproper said on

    Fuckin’ adorable.

  32. Martin Pavlik said on

    It is simply marvelous, I can’t wait for my daughter to learn to write. I hope I will get such nice story as well. You are super dad.

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