Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sunday January 3, 2016

My son, Aaron, really did stick his tongue to the school flagpole. A frantic teacher called me and I ran to the school in time to see one of the staff trying to pour hot coffee down the flagpole to warm it up. Another said to just pull him off, so I worked at his tongue, which was stretched like an elastic, and his teacher pulled him. With an "OUCH!" he was finally free. I thought he’d be upset, but Aaron was quite proud. When he’d stopped nursing his sore tongue, he happily pointed to the pole where a number of small, fuzzy spots marked battles with other frozen tongues. "Here’s Cathy, and here’s Bryan, and here’s…" I guess it’s a rite of passage: every kid has to see if the warning has merit…and every generation discovers that it does.

Wednesday January 6, 2015

Lynn’s Notes:

I wanted to see this situation through Lawrence’s eyes, to put myself in his position. A male child with a problem like this on his hands gave me an ample fantasy workout. Would I be able to write and draw a believable situation? Would a reader Lawrence’s age accept the dialogue and the expressions as true to life, or would he say, "It’s an adult pretending to know how a kid feels"?