Merry Christmas to everyone from the Green-Walled Tower! There is no snow touching its ivy-covered sides since this year has been unseasonably warm where I am, although it is still Christmas inside. I have been surrounded by young children and Christmas themes this weeks: thus, this story.
The boys charged up the steps of the old castle, glad to be free of the car.
“The steps are lava!” Jack yelled.
“But they’re green,” Henry said. “They’re like little Christmas trees. Maybe there are tiny people there who decorate them at Christmas.”
“And Santa delivers presents, riding in the Catbus.”
“And then a dragon comes out of the ground and fights the Catbus and the people hide in the Christmas trees.”
“Yeah, they climb inside ornaments and use them for their houses.”
At that moment, Batman ballerina ran between them, crushing innumerable imaginary Christmas trees under her feet.
December 26th, 2014 at 3:29 pm
Merry Christmas, David! Catbus makes an appearance! Oh, yay!! I love Catbus. We have him as a stuffie. AND….Batman Ballerina, too. Your story reminded me a little of “The Borrowers,” with the little people living in an ornament. What a fun story.
December 26th, 2014 at 3:53 pm
I think that with children’s imagination there is no limit.. and why not a batman ballerina.. why choose between superhero and princess if you can be both?
December 27th, 2014 at 7:47 am
Love the photo and the concept of Batman Ballerina! 🙂 Hope the tiny people were safe inside the ornaments already!
December 29th, 2014 at 4:57 pm
I’m not sure who thought of a Batman ballerina, but it did come as one piece for my 3-year-old niece. It suits her well. 🙂
December 27th, 2014 at 9:40 am
Ha Ha. Kids make everything more fun, and then magically we of the much older generation are once again kids ourselves. 🙂 Speaking from a grandmother’s perspective. Hope you had a great Christmas David, and have a Happy New Year in 2015.
December 29th, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Thanks, Joyce. It was a good Christmas and I’m looking forward to great things in 2015.
December 27th, 2014 at 10:30 am
This gets two thumbs with sugarplums up and a lusty aaaaaaaw. I love the childlike wonder and sweet imagination of this story. Thank you for sharing the picture of your Batman princess.
Shalom and a prosperous New Year,
December 29th, 2014 at 5:02 pm
Thanks, Rochelle. It took a couple tries to get something workable but I wanted it to be light since it was Christmas. I’ll do dark monsters next time. 🙂
December 27th, 2014 at 3:45 pm
My mind is now filled with squeals of delight. Thanks for a jolly Christmas tale. Happy New Year.
December 29th, 2014 at 5:02 pm
You’re welcome. 🙂 Hope you had a good Christmas. Happy New Year to you too.
December 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm
Just lovely. That’s just how kids’ minds operate – full speed and full imagination. Well captured.
December 29th, 2014 at 5:03 pm
Yep, pretty much. These are actually the names of my nephews and the stories that spring spontaneously from them is pretty amazing. I think they have good potential at being writers.
December 27th, 2014 at 10:35 pm
Awesome imagination there, David! I can hear the conversation and imagine the two kiddos who are having it. Sounds as though Batman Ballerina needs to take more lessons on how to tread more delicately through lands of tiny Christmas trees. Thanks for sharing your holidays and the magic of youth with us.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and yours.
All my best,
December 29th, 2014 at 5:04 pm
The real Batman ballerina is learning, although she’s only 3 so sometimes the lessons take a while to take. I hope you had a great Christmas.
December 28th, 2014 at 2:25 am
December 29th, 2014 at 5:05 pm
Thanks, you too!
December 28th, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Merry Christmas to you, too. Your story is one of the sweetest evocations of childhood imagination I have ever read and captures the free flowing magic that issues from minds unfettered with ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ and other chains of adult logic.
Very wonderful to read. Thanks for writing.
December 29th, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Thanks, Doug. It was quite nice spending time with my nieces and nephews and seeing the world through a child’s eyes. I hope you had a good Christmas.
December 30th, 2014 at 5:34 am
David, Great creative fantasy take on the prompt. I loved the photo of your little Batman ballerina. Happy Holidays! 🙂 — Suzanne
December 30th, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Thanks, Suzanne. I liked being around those little ones for Christmas. Even though I’m in the country again, I’m still 900 miles from family. Glad you liked the story.
December 30th, 2014 at 7:27 pm
Batman ballerina! Now that’s a superhero. Great story, I think my mind still works like that.
December 30th, 2014 at 10:16 pm
Thanks! It’s great to be able to still think like a child, with their unbounded imaginations.
December 31st, 2014 at 3:29 am
I can almost hear the voices in this. All that imagination spilling out, almost uncontainable. Nice one.
December 31st, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Thanks, Sandra. I had a lot of authentic inspiration to work with over the week. 🙂
January 3rd, 2015 at 12:06 pm
Such sweetness, Dave. Your story is filled with wonder and excitement, just like your (adorable!) batman ballerina! That photo is priceless!
I’m finally catching up, after a horrible case of the flu that coincided with our trip to NYC. A very Happy New Year to you and yours!
January 3rd, 2015 at 10:58 pm
Thanks, Dawn. I hope you’re all better now from the flu. That doesn’t not sound like a fun addition to the trip. Have a great new year!