She’s 10 and this week announced to me that she wants to be a writer…
I shared this with someone we know well, who smiled and said, “You must be proud?”
Actually I don’t believe pride is the emotion here.
This was followed a couple days later by a request for for 4 handmade leather bound journals in which she wants me to purchase at a cost of $29.95 each in order for her to write a series of novels…
“You haven’t written one word, of one sentence, of one paragraph, of one page. However in your head you’ve written a series of 4 novels and this is supposed to cost me hundreds of dollars?”
“It’s not hundreds Dad, it’s like $130.00 after taxes. “
“I am not buying you 4 books to write a series of novels when you haven’t written 1 page for 1 novel. “
Her eyes begin to moisten
“Are you going to cry?”
“Are you crying because I am saying no?”
She hangs her head for just a moment and then holds my eyes in hers. There’s a hint of a smile.
“Look. You write me one sentence. One page. And I will get you 1 of those books. Do you even know if the paper is lined?”
“No I don’t know.”
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“Do you own a computer?”
“Write a story on the computer. When you write a chapter I will get you one of those books.”
“They are limited editions Dad. They won’t be there for long. “
“Or they will be on sale, 4 for 10 dollars in a month.”
She shrugged and grabbed her computer.
I fell asleep to the sound of keys clicking right after she said,
“Thank you Dad.”