03 November 2010 @ 11:53 pm
lj idol week 1 - Here there be Dragons  
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. - GK Chesterton

“Are.”

“Are Not!”

“Are too”

“Not.”

“Too.”

“Mum!”

“Margaret!”

“Ow.”

*thump*

*clatter*

That was my cue to intervene, the eternal shout for the ultimate referee, mummy. Even after I finally managed to separate the two squirming and still punching boys, it took another ten minutes to get to the bottom of the story. It had all been started by a dragon. Well not literally of course, the crux of the matter lay at the heart of two little boys, so different that they were less Chalk and cheese and more Earth and Mars. They literally came from different planets.

Kieran, my seven year old brother in law is pragmatic and sensible, his favourite activities are playing games on the computer and kicking a football. He believes in what he can see, what he can touch, what is tangible and real and right in front of him. When he grows up he wants to be an army medic. Robert my four year old son is imaginative and inventive. He lives with one foot in this world and one in the netherwold. His favourite activities are playing at knights, being Ben 10, or Spiderman, or sometimes Ben10 AND Spiderman at the same time. When he grows up he wants to be a Ninja or an archaeologist, or a superhero, or a superhero who moonlights as a ninja archaeologist. They are so different that trying to get them to agree on anything is next to impossible.
This particular argument was about the existence of Dragons, something that Kieran insisted, like unicorns and dwarves and fairies was totally made up. Of course when he put this argument to wee Robert, it had enraged my son to the point that he challenged Kieran to a duel, which Kieran ignored and went happily back to playing his PSP, or at least he did until Robert hit him over the head with the duelling sword causing the riot to ensue.

It took me twenty minutes, two stern lectures and a chocolate lollipop to finally get everything back to normal. As I watched one child sit on the couch his head buried in a computer and another run around the livingroom, jumping off the furniture whilst pretending to be a spaceman, I wondered, not for the first time, how two children, raised in the same area, by the same family and with the same shared experience, could be so different. It’s not that I would change Kieran at all he is perfect, it’s just that Robert sees the world differently from everyone else. Every day is a new oppertunity, each moment the next step in his mission. It is a world of knights and superheros, of princes and quests. I wonder sometimes how I will feel when he starts to grow too old for fairytales. When stories of dragons and knights will be replaced with girls and parties. Watching him explore the worlds of his own creation inspire me to explore my own imagination. To play with fairytales and see how I can make them my own, to look for fairies at the bottom of my garden and to wonder about the mysteries that lie in the hidden places we adults tend not to look.

With Robert every day in an adventure waiting to unfold, and each day I, along with him, am someone different. A princess in need of saving, the evil queen trying to take over the land, a superhero fighting her arch nemesis, Lord Roberto (kid has a killer imagination but he sucks at names, everything is a variation of Robert). Each day I am granted a front seat as dragons and unicorns and radioactive spiders try to take over or save the world, and I have to admit I will miss that when it is gone, when dragons become uncool and fairytales are something for babies. I know my husband worries sometimes that his head lives too far in the clouds and would prefer him to be a bit more pragmatic, realistic, to view the world the way others do, rather than through adventure tinted glasses. But for the moment at least I am loving every moment of treading though the forests of Endor, doing battle with evil Sith lords and facing down the dragons that threaten our kingdoms.

At the very least I am never be bored and will have time to gather up plenty of blackmail material for when he brings his own princess home to face the dragon.

This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Week 1, if you would like to vote for me, please click HERE :D
 
 
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[identity profile] pricelessone.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I love that quote!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
It is one of my favourites, it just seems to sum up the way kids think :) well some of them
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[identity profile] autumn-lilacs.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
His own princess? Say it isn't so. I want him to stay wee forever!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
I know!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ames he is not allowed to get any bigger!!!! I forbid it!!!!
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[identity profile] cowboyangel.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Children really do create their own wonderful worlds. I hope your wee man never looses his ability to dream and imagine.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Me too :) I just want him to always have that ability to create and imagine it is one of the best things about him
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Molly: Love[identity profile] five-of-five.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
D'awww! I've had my fair share of arguments like that, of course I'm still having them in my twenties so there's always hope for the wee one to keep his imagination as he grows up. (Does he have to grow up? Can't he stay wee and adorable forever?)
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
He really should be made to!!! there should be a law that says kids can grow no older than say five :)

Thanks for reading and commenting hon :)
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[identity profile] trollied-dollie.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
This was great. My son also sucked at names - Super Ry, Mighty Ry...but I guess we could say they have a strong sense of self?!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
That is a very good way of looking at it, and fits his personality as he believes there is no-one like him :P

I am really glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for reading and commenting
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goodbyebird: Middleman[personal profile] goodbyebird on November 4th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
(kid has a killer imagination but he sucks at names, everything is a variation of Robert)

lol this just makes him too precious for words!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
I love this about him, everything we play he is Dr Robert, Evil Robert, he has even renamed Spiderman to Spiderman Robert, no lie :P

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[identity profile] veritas-st.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
LOVE IT! Absolutely love it.

They used that quote once on Criminal Minds...did I tell you that?

I love your son. He is so like me, I live in a fairytale world most of the time...can I have him?

(one thing..."That was my queue to intervene" This should be "cue".)

Love you

xxx
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
seven times proofreading and I miss that *heads desk* thanks honey

and you can't have him but you can share him as he loves his Auntie V :D
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Truth is beauty - [identity profile] veritas-st.livejournal.com on November 8th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
[identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Awww. Very sweet! Blackmail, the ultimate parent's revenge! hahaha
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
lol yep it will come in very very handy when he is older, one of the first things my husbands family did when I met them was show me a picture of him buck naked as a child :P no idea why :)

Very glad you enjoyed it and thank you very much :D
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[identity profile] dreamersdare.livejournal.com on November 4th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
That last line is awesome, hon. Nicely played :)

Excellent first(ish) entry!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you very much my dear :) Have to admit I kinda pity the poor girl my poor son brings home :P
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[identity profile] xreesex.livejournal.com on November 5th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
This made me giggle out loud, I loved every second of this post.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
yay giggles are always good, I am so glad you enjoyed it :) and thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment :D
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[identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com on November 5th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
That quote is absolutely killer.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
it is literally one of my favourite quotes of all time, it just sums up how kids view the world in my eyes :D
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[identity profile] meerkat007.livejournal.com on November 5th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
AAW! Your wee man is almost too adorable! And don't worry too much, I'm twenty now and I still think dragons are cool! (especially slash dragons, but that's a totally different thing;P)
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
thank you very much hon, and he really is almost TOO adorable :)

Slash Dragons are even better than regular ones :P

omg with me in hospital did you get your merlin???
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Truth is beauty - [identity profile] meerkat007.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Truth is beauty - [identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
[identity profile] majesticarky.livejournal.com on November 6th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Very nicely-written. It's always great to be young at heart : )
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you very much :)

and yes it keeps me young playing along with him :D
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[identity profile] gwenknight.livejournal.com on November 6th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I love this so much! It reminds me of my brother and myself (you know me, so you already know who the dreamer was!) and also my own two kids. Both types are perfect in their own way and the world needs both types to keep turning round, yes?

I wouldn't worry about Robert losing his dreams and imagination, they're a part of him. He may put them away for a time whilst he has to be a "cool" teenager, but he'll take them back out later, when he finds out that he's always been cool. :)

This was wonderful, m'dear!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about Robert losing his dreams and imagination, they're a part of him. He may put them away for a time whilst he has to be a "cool" teenager, but he'll take them back out later, when he finds out that he's always been cool. :)

THIS YES PLEASE!!!!!

and thank you honey I am very glad you liked :D HUGS you
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[identity profile] basric.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful story an you have my vote.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much :) for the nice comments AND the vote :D

off to read yours :) and added you back :)
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[identity profile] nyxocity.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
This is wonderful. We can all only hope to keep believing in fairy tales as we grow older.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you very much :) if he is anything like me, he certainly will :D

How are you enjoying the comp so far?
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Truth is beauty - [identity profile] nyxocity.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Truth is beauty - [identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
[identity profile] sra33.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
It took me twenty minutes, two stern lectures and a chocolate lollipop to finally get everything back to normal.

I LOVED this line. Particularly about the chocolate lollipop... I want one!
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Ben 10 chocolate lollipops worth their weight in GOLD!!!!
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[identity profile] super-seme04.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
...I don't think "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww" is sufficient feedback but my heart is just full of awwwwwww and <333333333333.
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[identity profile] faithbeckett.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh baby, that was so smishably amazing! *cuddles*
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[identity profile] locknkey.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
This spoke to my mother's heart. :)
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[identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com on November 7th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I love watching childrens' imaginations at work :)
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[identity profile] dreamingaspen.livejournal.com on November 8th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
:)
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[identity profile] edith-jones.livejournal.com on November 8th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
It looks like I join a multitude in loving the Chesterton quote, I also really enjoyed your entry. It sounds like you have your hands full, and it was a very vivid image that you painted of two squalling wee boys! Nicely done!
-Allie.
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[identity profile] imafarmgirl.livejournal.com on November 8th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
aww. how cute.
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[identity profile] abstruse-fangrl.livejournal.com on November 8th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
If only more of our issues could be resolved with a conversation and a chocolate lollipop. :D

When he grows up he wants to be a Ninja or an archaeologist, or a superhero, or a superhero who moonlights as a ninja archaeologist.

Loved this!
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