Thursday, November 1, 2012

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


Poppy came to help us move back home and spend time with you (thank goodness we had him here with our extra unexpected time in Denver due to Hurricane Sandy)!
Dear Spaghetti,

We made it back to Pennsylvania Ellie, even with Hurricane Sandy delaying our flight by a day (and we are keeping all those affected by its destruction in our prayers, including our South Jersey family)!  You had a lot of fun with your Poppy who came out to help with the final part of the move (and I feel so lucky that he was here not only to work out the logistics of everything but for his company- you and I both enjoy spending time with him).  You were an angel on the plane (and these past few hectic days with all of the schedule alterations).  You and I were both so excited to see your Daddy who was waiting anxiously for us at the airport.  Since we arrived on Halloween night (amidst trick-or-treating), we improvised on the normal traditions and it turned out to be the perfect way to introduce you to your new house- dinner with Daddy, Mimi, and Poppy while handing out candy!  

Despite feeling completely disorganized (as all of our belongings are sealed up in the moving boxes hopefully on a truck being carted east), we are happy and adjusted (and loving being reunited with your Dad as a family again).  Since we have so many people to catch up with, it will take a while before we can see everyone and create a new normal.  Life is pretty fantastic right now.  We feel so loved and blessed that we found our way back to where we belong- HOME!

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, and 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. 

This is our last chapter of this story Ellie!  How fitting that we are closing this book and opening a new piece next week (although it was a coincidence, it couldn’t have mirrored our lives any better with our new start back in Pennsylvania)!  We hope you liked reading about the characters in this one as much as your Mimi and I did inventing them.  Trolls may have been hard to write but they allowed us to have such freedom with our imaginations!

Ellie and the Magic Teapot: Into the Secret Forest Part 14
As Ellie pulled the teapot out of her pocket, she handed it to Lion and told him to go and fill it up with water while she set the teacups and their saucers on the table.

“All right El, I will as long as someone points me in the right direction,” Lion purred.

Trudy overhearing Lions statement cackled in a grandmotherly voice, “Go around to the south side of my cave and you will find a well filled with fresh water that you are welcome to use.” 

So Lion did just that, and a few minutes later he came skipping around the corner with the teapot so full its water was sloshing over the sides. “Here you go Ellie,” a slightly wet Lion sang breathlessly.

Ellie giggled and took the teapot from Lion.  Then she carefully poured its contents into each cup while whispering the magical words, “Baooohhhaoooahaljaljljljafooj….” And just like each time before; music, glitter, and rainbows swirled all around lifting them up, up, up.  As they floated further away from the Secret Forest and right before it completely disappeared from their sight Ellie and Lion heard a faint (and very familiar) cackle singing a song off key.  It brought laughter to their bellies and a smile to their faces as Trudy sang her “Giggle, Giggle, Coo” song.  But this time it had a fresh new verse.

“Giggle, giggle, coo,
Chuckle, chuckle, hey,
Thank you for the laughter
And friends you brought today.

I’ve learned a valuable lesson,
Not to take what isn’t mine,
I need to think before I act
And trust that all will be fine.

The secrets in our hearts
And no one needs a key
For if it’s filled with kindness
The cost of friendship is freeeeeeeee.”

As the songs last word trailed off into silence, Ellie and Lion knew that Trudy’s heart was now filled with goodness.  And on that thought Ellie and Lion landed right in the middle of Ellie’s comfy mattress with a soft thump. 

“That was some adventure El,” Lion crooned as he scooted into a sitting position while unconsciously rubbing the fur on his chin with his left paw. 

“Indeed it was,” Ellie responded.  Then she sidled up next to him settling all her weight on her shins.  “But you are looking a bit perplexed Lion.  What is it that you are thinking about?” she questioned. 

Lion answered, “Well… you know how much I love it when your Mom reads us The Secret Forest book every night before bed?  It really is my favorite Ellie because your Mom voices the best expressions of all.  And I think I have it almost memorized because she makes it sound so exciting every time.  It doesn’t matter that the book never changes… I still get excited when the adventurous parts happen and you hold my hand, and when the scary parts come and my heart skips a beat you give me a comforting hug, and when the funny parts take place we giggle and giggle and giggle.”

“I agree with you.  So why the confused look?” Ellie encouraged him on.

“Like I said, I know most of the book by heart.  But now that we took an adventure into the story everything that was familiar to us has changed.  Especially the ending!  What happens now Ellie when your Mom reads us the story tomorrow?” fretted Lion.
“That’s easy.  It will still be the same story we’ve heard each day since Mimi sent the book to my Mom all those months ago.  But Lion, the cool thing about books is that sometimes someone will think up a different ending and will go ahead and write a new version of it.  In our case, since it was you and I that experienced first hand the changed adventure in the Secret Forest, well… I guess it is up to us to try and rewrite a fresh version and a new ending to this story.  How about I get out my zoo tablet and penguin pencil and we get started!  I’ll be the narrator and you can jot down everything I say,” Ellie bossed.

Lion yawned, “Anything you say El.  But right now can we just crawl under the covers and close our eyes for the night?  We’ve had such a busy day that I think I need to sleep now.  Can we be authors tomorrow?”

“Mmmmm… I guess.  I’m pretty tired too,” Ellie answered while dragging Lion up to the head of the bed.  She made sure the pillow was fluffed before they lay down.  Then she reached for the blanket and covered them both.  Within moments they were sound asleep.

Shortly after, Ellie’s Mom came into her room ready to read their favorite bedtime fairytale.  She was surprised to see Ellie and her favorite stuffed animal Lion were already sleeping and quite soundly too.  She also noticed the open book lying on top of the covers and figured Ellie had read it to herself.  Instead of waking her up, Ellie’s Mom bent down to give a gentle kiss on the side of her cheek.  Then she bolted upright with a quizzical look on her face.  While scratching her head she whispered to no one in particular, “Ellie-spaghetti where on earth were you and your furry little friend exploring?  I know we did not have noodles for breakfast, lunch or dinner today, yet you and your Lion each have one stuck to your clothes!  And what’s this?” she questioned silently upon closer examination of Ellie’s stuffed animal friend.  “Your Lion has a tinge of green on his fur… now where could that have come from?” she mumbled as she searched Ellie’s room for something out of the ordinary.  “Spaghetti-girl, I know you did not leave this room while I was on the phone but yet you always seem to find a bit of mischief to get into.  Hmmmm… I guess I will have to ask you when you awake in the morning.  Till then, sweet dreams my precious darling daughter.”  And then Ellie’s Mom turned off the light as she tiptoed out of her bedroom.

Smiling in her sleep Ellie’s mind was already dreaming.  She was conjuring up hers and Lions next adventure….
We love you Ellie!
Mom & Mimi

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