Thinking inside the box

Imagination gives life to my hand knitted fox, creativity brings adventure to this used cardboard box. It’s a car that goes “vroom”, it’s a boat out at sea, it’s a test of resourcefulness for my dad and me.  Who knew an empty box could be packed with such joy?, who knew my dad was plotting…

On-screen relationship

Technology brings dad and I together whenever we are apart, temporarily masking the empty feeling that engulfs his lonely heart.  Mum describes our day in great detail, recounting every move I’ve made, and the tales bring dad much joy, casting light over personal shade.  He tells me that he’ll be home soon to squeeze me…

Stack this

Eat. Stack. Unstack. Repeat. Despite relentless stacking this one remains incomplete. While I stick out my tongue to aid my concentration, I unknowingly develop my hand-eye coordination. In a flash I lose interest, stand up and turn my back, then I find another ring and return to the colourful stack. 

Disappearing dad

This happens every time that my dad goes to sea, I cry to feign interest then watch him cry more than me. He packs his bag at the last minute before dragging his heels out the door, while his thoughts already turn to when next he’ll step ashore. I watch from the window as he…

Flight time

Look Granny, look up there, a tiny little bird is floating majestically through the air. I wonder where it’s going just like I wonder many things, I wonder if it can see us beneath its feather coated wings. Soon it disappears, lost in never ending crisp blue sky, and I wonder why time with my…

Five.

5 o’clock. Feeding time. I’m determined none will go to waste, so I shovel wriggly spaghetti down my throat with unprecedented haste. I continue to gather pace with every successive noisy slurp, and dad tries in vain to conceal a smile with every consequential burp. Without warning I lose interest, the plate has become my…

Turtle thoughts

His mind awash with scrupulous thoughts, dad took me to my swimming lesson with my favourite turtle tots.  In a splash of song and vibrant routine my dad was soon immersed, Jakki’s enthusiasm was infectious and his apprehension was soon dispersed. With a creative splish following an entertaining splosh, every moment was a thrill, who…

My mum and I

Wherever we go mum and I walk in sync, she knows what I know, she thinks what I think. I copy her every move, I mirror her every stride, I savour every second I get to spend by her side.  My mum is my inspiration and I am her biggest fan, behind us dad walks…

Things that go purr in the night

Holy crap dad, I’ve turned into a cat, I know you said Halloween would be spooky but I never expected that. I went to bed in pyjamas and woke up in upholstered fur, I’m only just learning to talk and now I’ll have to learn to purr. My ears are very pointy, I have whiskers…

Timekeeper

Clocks go back dad, yeah who cares, leave mum sleeping, let’s go down stairs. There is no time to lose, we have so much to do, get a mouthful of coffee to help pull you through. Time waits for no man and neither do I, I went to bed early perhaps you should give it…

MOOving on

Horny, smelly and altogether hairy, yet gentle and approachable and anything but scary. Wandering alone, seemingly void of any aim, chasing neither fortune, notoriety nor any fame. Mum says that dad has changed and he is a little different now, but when she met him in his college days he was just like this Highland…

The visit

I love going to see Granny and Granda, they scream when I walk through their door, my dad has been visiting for a decade now but never seen such a reaction before.  They bounce around like children as we sing and dance and play, and Granda tells me indiscreetly that he thinks that I should…