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.


32 thoughts on “Ava’s Story

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

  2. 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. 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. 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 =)

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. 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

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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. ;)

  13. 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. :)

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