Story inspired by writing prompt at Stampington.com
Appologies ahead as I do not know how to link up to the exact web page as I am working on my iPad (my computer is in the shop).
Photography by Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images 2008
"Well good morning Sunshine!"
"Where are you off to so bright and early?"
"I'm going to the bay. There's a ship waiting for me. It's going to take me to a far away land where the magic lives."
"Oh my! A magical land. Sounds perfect. I see you wore your favorite sweater."
"Sometimes it gets cold in Adelia."
"Adelia, huh? Did you remember your toothbrush?"
"You don't need toothbrushes in Adelia, Mommy! The toothfairy lives there and she has all her helpers clean the kids' teeth."
"Well isn't that convenient! So, if you're wearing your favorite sweater, and you don't need to pack your toothbrush, what's in the bag?"
"Yup. Books. And my paint. And paper. And a paintbrush. That's all you need in Adelia. Books and paints."
"Hmmm... that doesn't sound like much. What will you eat? Where will you sleep? What will you wear if your sweater gets too hot?"
"That's easy. It's all in the books. Books are magical in Adelia. They come to life. You just read them and they come true."
"So if you get hungry, you can just read 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'?"
"And if you get hot, you can read a book on winter to bring back the cold?"
"Or a book on princess clothes so I can wear a fancy gown!"
"Oh listen to you giggle! I think you're on to something good!"
"Yeah, Adelia is good. It's all good. I only brought good books too."
"So why the paints?"
"Just in case."
"In case of what?"
"In case I don't have the book I need... or if I miss you while I'm there."
"What happens if you don't have the right book, or if you miss me?
"If I get scared, I can paint a blanket to keep me safe. And if I miss you, I will paint you and then you will be there with me."
"So everything you read and everything you paint becomes real in Adelia?"
"Wow. That does sound like a magical place. I sure would like to visit a place like that some day."
"You wanna go with me?"
"I would love to go with you Honey, but Mommy has work to do around here."
"Silly Mommy! Time stands still in Adelia. You can come with me and when we get back, all your work will still be right here waiting for you!"
"In that case, I would love to go with you."
Taking her mother's hand, "Mommy? Why are you wiping your eyes?"
"Because my love for you is overflowing, my wise little princess. You opened my eyes so wide, the love leaked right out."
"I love you Mommy."
"I love you too Sweet Girl."