Friday, September 7, 2012

Ellie and the Magic Teapot Into the Forest: September Blog 1- Letters from Mom & Mimi

Your first professional haircut!
Hi Ellie Bean,

I know I say this all the time but I love the relationship you have with your Mimi and Poppy- despite the distance; you are so close to them.  You give your Poppy kisses through the computer screen 
and your Mimi teaches you songs  (she taught you the finger song that begins with “Where is Thumbkin?” but you chose to belt out your own version in the grocery store, “Where is Pumpkin!”).  You are now able to use the phone and you know proper manners with it (always ending with, “Love you.  Bye!).
You are becoming such a social butterfly (well, really only with people that you know well because you are still crazy shy!). 

And now here is our yearlong bedtime story/stories (with many chapters to write!) for you. 

So as for our weekly guidelines: I write a piece one week in regular font, then your Mimi will write a piece in italics the next week.  The only things your Mimi and I agreed on were the characters- Ellie and a magic teapot and the setting (a forest with trolls).  Anything else is fair game and will make our adventure a new tale.  We also need to figure out an illustration to go with our part.  Our goal Ellie is to have a beloved bedtime story for you and future generations.   

And so we will continue our third piece of fiction. 

Ellie and the Magic Teapot: Into the Secret Forest Part 6

Ellie and Lion walked further into the forest, hoping that each step was taking them closer to Trudy’s secret cave.  Getting past three trolls was no easy feat and they knew that more were probably hiding.  As they moved forward they kept their senses alert: listening, smelling and looking for anything out of the ordinary.  What they didn’t know was that with every step they took, Trudy was watching them.  And she was not happy that they had outsmarted Tootsie, Hotdog and Fruity Troll.

“Humph,” she snorted as she took off her glasses, the blue-framed ones with no lenses.  Anyone who saw them would think Trudy was trying to be cool but the reality was those eyeglasses were actually magical.  Since her eyesight was so poor, all she had to do while wearing them was to recite the following verse ‘Find me giggles, find me laughter, and find me those who I should go after’ and the glasses would give her sight into all corners of the secret forest.  “Those two, the ones who call themselves Ellie and Lion, have the best laughs I’ve heard from children in a long time.  I want their laughter and I want it now!” she cackled while stomping her foot down hard on the damp earth, shaking the ground all around her.

It took Trudy many, many months to create the perfect machine that would extract all the happiness from any child who entered it.  Upon its completion she named it the Giggle Grabber.  Dome shaped and made of chain-link fencing, the Giggle Grabber had one lone swing hanging down from the ceilings center.  The short thin rubbery nubs that created its flooring and the side walls of the inside wire fencing had hundreds of over-cooked limp spaghetti noodles tied in knots around each link and each root.  Around the outside of the machine Trudy place four fans, one on the north side, one on the south side, one on the east side and one on the west side.  When Trudy turned them on, air would blow to and fro creating the noodles to dance and wiggle in all sorts of directions inside the dome.  If a child was sitting on the swing and moving back and forth, the spaghetti’s crazy motions would tickle their feet, their tummy’s and under their chins forcing them to release all their laughter.  And to catch that laughter Trudy placed jars strategically around the inside of the machine.  Once the jars were filled, their connected lids would snap shut and quickly seal in all their giggles forever or at least till Trudy figured out what to do with all that happiness.

“Humph,” she snorted again as she tromped around and around The Giggle Grabber.  Trudy didn’t do anything softly.  “Watching those two together tells me that I may have to update my machine.  Either I am going to have to make the seat swing wider so they both can sit on it at the same time or else I am going to have to make another swing and hang them side by side since that girl and that lion don’t seem to do anything or go anywhere without each other.  Humph!  What to do, what to do,” she grumbled to herself as she continued to circle The Giggle Grabber.  After much thought (about five minutes worth) Trudy came to a decision.  “Alright, my mind is made up!  I will lengthen the seat of the swing so that the two can sit on it together.  That should keep them happy!  Humph!” she boomed out one last time.

Turning away from The Giggle Grabber Trudy stomped off towards the woods behind her home in search of a long flat board.  She couldn’t wait to turn Ellie and Lion into her new trolls.  They seemed quite clever to her and with a little bit of training Trudy was sure she could make them her best yet!   But right now she had to put that thought aside and concentrate on the task she set out to do.  With each piece of wood she came upon Trudy examined it closely then tossed it to the side hoping to find a better one.  There wasn’t much time to waste.  When she last put on her magical eyeglasses Ellie and Lion had no idea that they were walking towards Rocky Troll.  Rocky was one of Trudy’s more experienced trolls and she was confident that he would be the one to successfully blindfold the pair and bring them straight to her.  So with as much excitement that a grumpy old troll can have, Trudy sang out loud and very much off-key the magical spell that would soon turn Ellie and Lion into her new trolls.

“Giggle, giggle coo
Chuckle, chuckle hey
Give me all your laughter
I want it today!

Once I’ve taken it
A troll you will be
The only way to break my spell
Is to try and stop me!

The secrets in my hat
For it holds the key
That will unlock the gate
And set you free!”

Just as Trudy finished singing the last verse, a long wooden board appeared at her feet.  Bending down and scooping it up, she examined the board closely, pleased with her find.  Walking back towards The Giggle Grabber she stopped to pick up her magical eyeglasses.  Positioning them on her face Trudy recited its verse, ‘Find me giggles, find me laughter, and find me those who I should go after’ and that quickly Ellie and Lion appeared inside the blue frames.  “Ahhhhh, Yesssss,” she grumbled aloud to herself.  “That’s the right direction.  Keep walking you two.  Rocky Troll will take good care of you!”  Pleased with what she saw Trudy took off her eyeglasses and tucked them into the small pocket located on her white apron.  She then entered The Giggle Grabber to prepare it for her new arrivals…

Love you to the moon and back Ellie!
Mom & Mimi

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