My children have always loved for me to make up stories to tell them at bedtime. I'm always so tired at the end of the day that I'm not feeling very creative. I usually just regurgitate recent events and something that I want them to do. For instance: Once upon their were two little princesses. Today the princesses went shopping with their Queen Mommy. They bought groceries and helped put them away. They have a busy week before Christmas and so tonight they are going to close their eyes and go straight to sleep so that they have all the rest they need for the festivities!
Here's my latest post, a little twist on my storytelling to them, which they haven't heard yet:
Once upon a time, there were two little princesses. They lived in a little white duplex in the suburbs with their Queen Mommy.
Queen Mommy wanted nothing more for her two princesses than for them to live a happy life knowing that they can, and should, be all that they wish.
Queen Mommy always wanted to be a writer, but instead took the “safe” route, studying close to home and working towards a more secure, stable, and employable career. She became a preschool teacher. She could always get a job, but often struggled to earn much. Then she became a mom. The most rewarding, demanding and sometimes unappreciated of her career-choices. Eventually, she became a social worker. She loves her new career, but she still yearns to write for a living.
Queen Mommy recently started blogging to get back in the practice of writing, so that she can one day write something very creative. She blogged about many different things. Sometimes she wrote about her life with her Princesses.
Queen Mommy wanted her princesses to know that they had the entire world at their fingertips. And if they really want to, they can change the world. They could choose to be anyone, do anything and live anywhere. They could envision a world like nothing they'd ever seen and make their world become more like they wish.
She encouraged them to try many activities, read everyday and enjoy learning. They could be dancers, writers, dentists, photographers, housekeepers, painters, cyclists, runners, sketch artists, mathematicians, friends, sisters, mothers, daughters or spouses. They could live in rural Nova Scotia, an urban city in Europe, settle down, move frequently, travel often, or enjoy quiet solitude.
Their family spent much of their free time being active together, going for walks and bike rides and seeing new sites. Queen Mommy took the princesses to many different museums. They loved learning and seeing so many new things. They often read books together and talked about what happened in the books. When they wanted to learn something new, they researched books and online, sharing what they found out.
Queen Mommy often reminded her princesses that nobody is perfect (not even Queen Mommy). We all make mistakes and if we learn from them then they were worth making.
And so her princesses will one day be all that they wish to be (and more). All they have to do is try!
"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results." - Anon