Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Goodnight Sun? An editor in the family?

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I read to my first baby girl when she was in the womb and didn't stop. I read aloud from the newspapers when she was an infant, and all the baby books I could get my poverty stricken hands on. The library was our second home.

My second child didn't get as much story time. But still... at least four times a week there were marathon night time reading excursions. Huge stacks of books that lulled her sweet head into dream land.

My third child barely gets read to. She is a ghastly meanie of a child. She pulls books out of our hands, terrorizes her older sisters by scribbling between beloved pages when no one is looking, and has not one iota of patience for anything without a princess on it. Sheesh!

But last night, for some unknown reason, she asked for a bedtime story. I was excited, truly moved! We ran to the bookshelves and we picked out four of my all time favorites. (I'm savvy like that you know... I do that game.."You really don't want to read this one, right?" ;))

We snuggled up with the night table lamp giving its low wattage glow, and we began with my favorite of all time favorites. Favorite of the girls who were toddlers before her, favorite of the masses: Goodnight Moon.

We read the beginning. All was going great! She was pointing out the mouse and the house and the mittens and the kittens. And then we got to "Goodnight Moon...."

She stopped me. "NO mommy, Goodnight SUN!"

Huh? What was this? So I said, "No Grace, the words say 'Good night Moon, not goodnight sun."

And she said: "That's silly! Wook, there is no sun... the bunny say goodnight SUN."

So much for mass appeal. We may have to move on to Proust.

Even though we didn't read any stories last night. (She tore the rest apart as well, critiquing lack of pictures, lack of description, lack of interest) as she fell asleep I began to think about the job of an editor (or agent) and how subjective it really is. One person can see the bunny saying goodnight to the moon because the bunny is closing his eyes. Another can see the bunny saying goodnight to the sun because the sun has OBVIOUSLY gone to bed.

It's all relative, and it seems like I may be related to a budding editor!

17 comments:

  1. Awwwwe. Future editor in the making!

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  2. hahahahahhaha - from the mouths of babes:)

    now, quick, tell her to grow up and sign me!!

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  3. Bj: Thanks!

    Tess: I keep thinking I will just keep writing my books and put them away on shelves and some child of a child of mine will find them and have them published long after I am dead. It sort of keeps my hopes up in the most morbid of ways.

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  4. Ah Suzane, for a minute I thought you were describing my youngest little princess. She's the same way with the whole reading thing! She'd rather "read" the stories herself than listen to anyone else read to her. I guess she's having fun creating her own words to go along with the story. Maybe she'll be my writer? :) But you are so right about subjectivity! Isn't it amazing how different people see the same thing so uniquely?

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  5. LOL Okay, I'm with your daughter. When I read that book to my kids (which I didn't like by the way *ducks for cover*) I thought the same thing. It's nighttime, they should be saying goodnight sun :D

    My kids weren't great with me reading to them when they were very little. I was sooo excited when they would finally sit through an entire book. And now they want more stories than read :D

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  6. That's freaking hilarious and also sort of accurate. I mean the sun is the one who's technically sleeping in the night time. Love it.

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  7. I love your picky daughter! She clearly is thinking and not going to just nod-and-accept when she questions things. Of course, that can be a challenge to those around her (I know from experience). Thanks for sharing another delightful story.

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  8. Michelle: I can't wait to tell her you agree!
    L&L: If you met her, you would write about her. She is CRAZY, that one. I can't do her justice. I'm too close.
    Tricia: You are welcome and she drives me up a wall, and over it, to see Plato's shadows.

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  9. Oh my goodness that's hilarious! My daughter loves Goodnight Moon, but she hasn't edited it yet. Wow. You've got talent on your hands!

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  10. Jeeze! What's her zodiac sign? Sounds like she'll go far. I adored reading to my children. I still have their books on the first shelf of my little library. I couldn't bear the thought of boxing them away.

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  11. Ha! I've never been a fan of that book either.

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  12. LOL about Proust! I must have read Goodnight Moon enough times to get me there! Your DD sounds like fun. =)

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  13. She's brilliant! I never caught that before!

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  14. interesting pov - she is on her way

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  15. That's adorable and very observant!

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  16. Goodnight sun! That's so cute. And incredibly intelligent. Most children wouldn't see that. They would just accept that the bunny is going to sleep. Very smart little girl you have on your hands there and looks like she enjoys thinking outside the box. And editor sounds like a great future vocation :) There is always lawyer, judge or president if the editor thing is not to her liking. And personally I think the USA could do with a great princess in power :)

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  17. I have a feeling that little Grace and I would get along just fine ;)

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