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My Daughter’s Screenplay Couldn’t Wait Any Longer

Although Scott did the majority of the packing for our Fourth of July surprise, I had the kids gather toys before heading to the hotel.

However, in my haste, I forgot my daughter’s new favorite book: a small, poorly translated Hello Kitty! book from our recent Barnes and Noble trip with pages such as

FRIENDSHIP MAKES YOUR HAIR DANCE LIKE ICE CREAM

and

BEST FRIENDS ARE LIKE FERRIS WHEELS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL AND DESTROYING THE TOWNS OF YOUR ENEMIES

My daughter cried and cried when she realized I could not lull her to sleep with big-eyed cats demanding she enjoy the small things such as platters of giant cupcakes with cherries on top. I suggested she write her own book, and I would read it as her bedtime story. I got her the hotel stationery and pen, and she set to work.

When I finished patting myself on the back, I looked over as she is busy scribbling away:

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Is she writing a screenplay?
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Because she gave herself Charlie Chaplin’s mustache.

Fourteen pages and one not-very-silent four-year-old later, The Little Dictator was born. At least that’s what I think the movie title read.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents an 2 elementary age children, 4 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

6 thoughts on “My Daughter’s Screenplay Couldn’t Wait Any Longer

    1. The story was very complex. Even the names weren’t Jim and Jenny but Fiorina and Jonjoria. I still have it (I numbered the pages), but I didn’t exactly understand the entire story. I need her to retell it. I also need to be smarter.

  1. I love when our children write. I actually am very excited to see what comes of some of the children of the strong incredibly gifted mothers who blog. Being creative, writing, tuning into your inner you is so rewarding (well duh you know that!) good for her!!! Oh and the nose is a frequently visited by pen I my house too! Ours is often marker and oh the rainbow of boogers my girls get!
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