Things That Go Oink In The Night

Miss A tends to be a night owl and last night was no exception. She was still wide awake well past 9 o’clock while Miss C had been snoozing for at least half an hour. I kept directing her back into her room and telling her to lie down, but after much pleading from her and insisting that she could not sleep I told her I’d be right there. It’s tough to resist such cuteness.

I curled up beside her on her twin bed and put Quacky the long-legged soft duck between us.

“Mommy tell me a story. Not a story in a book but a story you tell with witches, and monstahs, and scary ghosteses.”

I wondered to myself silently what kind of scary story would pass the 3-year-old approval rating system. The fact that Hal the Christmas moose was sitting by my feet and that we were snuggled under a pink comforter with flowers and butterflies was doing nothing to help me channel my inner Stephen King. Halloween seemed so yesterday. But a scary story it would be. At this point I was willing to spin any kind of yarn to just get her to go to sleep.

“Mommy tell me a story about the scary witch on the farm that says oink oink, OK?”

I wish I had one eighth of her imagination on those days I’ve got writer’s block.

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I'm Jamie, a 45-year-old Nashville mom desperately seeking a few moments of Zen and zinfandel between soccer practice and supper. I love to travel, find great deals, and talk with my hands. My husband and I have two daughters, two dogs, and too much laundry. Email me at blondemomblog @


  1. Now I’m waiting for the post that tells US the story Miss A got to hear!

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  2. I’m waiting…along with Bluegrass Mama…this has GOT to be good :) Happy Halloween…I mean…enjoy your Thanksgiving, Blonde Mom Family!

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  3. Yeah, I want to hear the scary oink oink witch story too.

  4. my son makes me tell him stories about mo-mo the monkey that gets in fights with dinosaurs in our backyard. i get tired just thinking about trying to come up with new ideas for these stories. i think i’m going to have him start telling them to me

  5. The story was really abbreviated and lame since all I could think of by that point was “PLEASE go to sleep!”

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  6. Kids can have such wild thoughts! The scary oink oink story is so cute. Sometimes I try to underestimate my daughter’s imaginative thoughts, but she always proves me wrong. I just wish I could match up with her thoughts when its way too early in the morning.

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