Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Uses for a notebook

Our local newsagent had a sale recently, ready to move into smaller premises. They had notebooks (as in paper ones, not computers) for half price. I would have bought a whole stack if I’d known earlier. I love hard-backed notebooks. There’s something mysterious about them that makes you wonder what interesting things might be inside. Unfortunately they only had three left, so I gave one each to Eldest, Dynamo and Sausage and waited to see what they would do with them.

Eldest seems to be using it the same way he uses any exercise book. It will soon be filled with mathematical equations I have no chance of understanding. That’s what he loves to do. Maths. Strange young man. (You know I don’t mean that, don't you, M!)

Dynamo is totally ignoring the lines and using it to draw machines – real and imaginary. Each is carefully labelled and some pages even have the same machine drawn from different angles. Of course, being Dynamo, most of the machines are for the farm, but there are a few that would blow the entire world up, if only he could make them work.

Sausage is using it for writing stories. She loves writing stories. The first one in the notebook was about a magic carpet, full of imagination and phrases I didn’t even know she knew. It takes me back to the day when she told me her first story. It was her third birthday and she sat me down on her bed and said, “Now I’m three, it’s my turn to tell you a story.” The story went like this –

Today I sawed a beeaufitul snail.
It was in Grandad’s garden.
I standed on it.
It was a little bit dead.

I’m going to have it printed up and framed for her twenty-first birthday. When she’s a famous writer, it will be worth a fortune.


Lilfix said...

You have some wonderfully talented & creative children...

I love your daughter's little story...and what a wonderful memory...Hugs...

guysalvidge said...

I love those hardback notebooks too. I've got a pile of my writing/thinking journals stretching back to 2000 or even 1999. They are numbered too. We are up to 24 and that one is almost full. Not all hardbacks though....

Kate said...

Thanks, Brenda. I like collecting little memories like that.

Guy, you must have a fair few story ideas if you've filled 24 notebooks?

Trish said...

That is such a sweet story, Kate.

I used to write stories on scraps of paper when I was a kid. I'm glad I saved them. They became my inspiration for a series of children's books.

I also love those hardback notebooks. I use them for my inspirations and writing tips.

Myrna Foster said...

That's a great little story, especially "It was a little bit dead."

Mine like to write stories in their notebooks too. And they draw pictures to go with the stories.