My Hero (a story featuring kids in mustaches)

The craziest thing happened to me last night….

I was on way home, walking through the forest, when I heard the leaves rustle from above. Just then,  woodland nymph appeared before me.

She looked friendly enough. Sure, she had a villain’s mustache, but she was smiling and singing and she had a heart on her shirt. What villain wears a heart T-shirt?The nymph looked like she wanted to show me something, so I took a step toward her.

“What is it? What do you want to show me?”

She smiled, turned and flitted away. I followed. After a short while, the nymph came to a clearing. She looked around, smiled and stopped.

“What’s here? Did you want to show me something here?”

She turned and locked eyes with me. Just then, I felt a tug on my sleeve. I looked down to see the funniest little elf.

He had a villain’s mustache too….but his eyes were so big that I decided that he MUST be kind and honorable.

“Oh, who are you little buddy? Do you want to play?”

The elf’s eyes sparkled as he stared at me. Then I heard the nymph giggle. I turned to look at her, and as I did, the elf snatched my bag and ran away.

“Oh no! You’re not a nice elf at all!”

I chased the elf deeper into the forest. I was about to catch up to him when the elf turned and threw my bag off the trail. I crouched to collect my belongings, but as I did, I felt a sharp crack to the back of my head. I felt my body being pulled across the ground….for being so small, these folks were strong. It was then that I realized what was happening.

They were taking me to their leader.

I’d heard the horror stories. “Little Z” was ruthless. What would happen???

My heart was racing as they blindfolded me. What were they going to do? Nobody knew where I was. By the time anyone realized I was missing, it would probably be too late.

Just then, I heard a crash and glass breaking. Somebody shouted “Oh no, it’s HIM!!”
There was a scuffle and howls. And then there was silence.
Still blindfolded, I felt myself being carried. What was happening now???

Finally, I was set down on the ground. I took off my blindfold and found myself on the original path, where I’d first seen the woodland nymph. Then I looked down and saw my savior.

He bowed to me.

My Lady..

And then he was gone…..

I really need to move closer to work. My commute is getting weird……..


Gooey Goodness

The last couple days have been…rough. I’m exhausted, I’m stressed, I’m feeling a bit discouraged and I’m a little disappointed in the lack of concern shown by some of my friends. I don’t want to get into it…it’s just been a lousy few days.

So tonight, as I was cleaning up after the older kids went to bed, I walked into the kitchen and found this……


….a big pile of gooey goodness. I guess the world isn’t too bad after all.

I love it when that happens.



1. The state of being away from a place or person.
2. An occasion or period of being away from a place or person.

I’ve been wanting to come back and write something for a while.  I’d be driving home from work and think about something I’d like to write about.  I’d work the wording out in my head.  I’d think of an image that I’d include.  And then I’d pull into my driveway and be swept back into the swirl of cooking dinner and checking homework.  I’d plan to dig in and write after the kids were in bed….and then I wouldn’t.

And soon it turned into a thing…a big shadow that followed me and pulled on my brain when I would think “is there something I should be doing?”.

There were things I could (and should) have been writing about (I’ll get to that in a minute).  There was a block of time during which I didn’t have to go to work (I’ll get to that too).  And still, I didn’t do it.

But I’m here now.  I’m finally doing it.  There are a lot of things I wish I’d documented here.  I regret that.  But I’m here now….ready to start over.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time recounting everything that’s happened in the last year (although I’ll probably bring it up as it’s needed).  But, there is one thing that I should mention…

I had a baby.

Zaria was born in March.  She’s awesome.  I’ve been on maternity leave for the last 11 weeks.  Now that I’m back to work, I’m looking to dip my toes back into life outside of Babyland.

So…I’m back.  See you soon.