A Story

A "made-up" story is usually part of the kids' bedtime routine: they lay in bed, in the dark, and I (or Jon) tell them a story.  Sometimes I am tempted to make it a very simple story with a quick resolution, so they can go to sleep sooner.  But sometimes, Kaia has other ideas.  Tonight, our story went like this:

Me:  Once upon a time there was a butterfly who wanted to play with her friend the bee, but she couldn't find the bee anywhere!

Kaia:  Can I add a bigger stress?

Me:  Sure.

Kaia:  The bee had been taken prisoner by a mean witch who locked her up in a tall cage, and she couldn't get out.

Me:  So the butterfly decided to rescue her friend.

Kaia:  Can I add a bigger stress?

Me:  Sure.

Kaia:  But the cage was made with bricks and really strong wood glue, and the butterfly couldn't knock it over!

Me:  So, the butterfly couldn't break it down.  She decided to try wiggling through one of the cracks in the bricks, but she couldn't find any that were big enough!  She almost gave up, but she really wanted to save her friend the bee, so she kept trying to find a way to get her out.

Kaia:  Can I add a bigger stress?

Me:  Sure.

Kaia:  And then, while the butterfly was trying to free her friend, the witch came home!  And she grabbed the butterfly and said, "Oh, no, you don't!" and she put her in with the bee!

Me:  So then they were both inside, and they decided to make a plan to get out.  They knew the witch came every morning to give them breakfast, and decided to wait by the door until she opened it the next morning.  Then, when she came in they could fly away!  The next morning, when the witch opened the door, the butterfly and bee flew right through it!  But the witch snatched them out of the air and said, "Oh, no, you don't!" and threw them back in the cage.

Kaia:  Can I add a bigger stress?

Me:  Sure.

Kaia:  And then she turned the butterfly into a frog!

Me:  And the butterfly was so sad!  But then she and the bee began plotting their next escape plan.  The butterfly had an idea!  After the witch turned her into a frog, she saw that the witch stored her magic wand in her pocket.  So the frog told the bee to make some honey and squish it into the witch's magic wand, so it wouldn't work anymore.  The bee thought it was a great plan and started making some honey.  The next morning, when the witch came with breakfast, the bee flew right up to her and stuffed some honey inside her wand.  The witch pulled the wand out and waved it at the bee, but it wouldn't work!  The witch tried cleaning it, but nothing got all the honey off.

Kaia:  Water didn't clean it!

Me:  Right, so finally the witch asked the bee to help.  The bee said she'd only help if the witch freed them and stopped catching little animals and putting them in big brick pages.  The witch said, "Oh, all right," and the bee took her wand and was able to suck the honey out for her.  The witch turned the frog back into a butterfly and the bee and the butterfly went home.

The end.


Chels January 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM  

That is an amazing story. How old is Kaia?

Jansen Family January 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM  

She's 4 1/2. Actually, she'll be five in April (gasp!). I swear she was just learning to talk last week!


Autism Mom January 29, 2012 at 8:28 AM  

What a great story! You both are very good thinking on the spot - not sure I could do that that well :D
Enjoyed reading!


Chels January 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM  

That really is amazing. I don't think I knew what a "stress" was in a story until I was in middle school. It was an awesome story, really.

Rachael Wheeler January 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM  

Oooh~I loved it!

Jansen Family January 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM  

Thanks, Jen! Kaia has quite the imagination! I used a butterfly and bee because Kaia has butterfly and bee stickers on her dresser. ;)

Thanks, Chelsea! I introduced the idea to Kaia about a year ago when some characters in a book stressed her out--she's always been really sensitive that way. So, I told her that it was just a made-up story and that the people who made it up put the stressful part in so the story would be more interesting. At first it seemed to bother her a bit, but now she's really embraced the idea. Of course, a bigger "stress" makes the story longer, which is really good in her book. ;)

Rachael, I'm so glad you liked it!


Aliesha January 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

LOVE it!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha!!! She is sooo you! :o)

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets February 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM  

lol, Aliesha!

Carolyn March 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM  

This is the most wonderful idea for stories.
Where did Kaia get the add a big stressor idea from?
Allie and I thought the tree looked like an alligator, and that that could be a big stressing factor as well!!

Allie says, "I liked the honey in the wand part!"
I say, "me too!!"