Dragon Vacuum by Abby

We had a busy day on Friday and Saturday, and I decided that Sunday would be spent relaxing at home. We watched TV and played Legos and Playdo and Painted and it was lovely. After naps I started picking up.

As I was cleaning, Abby started telling me a story. She was sitting on the couch with her sister, they had blankets which they were using to hide from me while I vacuumed. At one point, as I stopped to move something, Abby said “Daddy! Come hide!” and started explaining why I needed to. I stopped her and grabbed one of my journals so I could write down her story.

After she finished dictating this story I asked if I could post it on my blog, for people to read. She said, “Yes…but you’ll still have it, right?”

This is the first story she’s ever had published, and when she’s famous I hope an internet archive picks this up and it makes front page news.

Dragon Vacuum
By Abigail

 There is a dragon in our house.

He just opened our door while we were cleaning and said, “Rah! RAH!”

He was breathing fire. Then, he tried to find us and looked all around. All he found was a vacuum.

So he vacuumed the whole place.

He heard a sound and said, “Closer…closer…closer.” Then he found us. We put on our shoes, and ran. When we came back to the house we found everything a mess.

He went back to his cave, and we cleaned everything up, then had breakfast and played.


After she finished the story I read it to her. Katie was sitting between Abby and I, a blanket over her head (because she was still hiding) but with her legs sticking out.

Abby: “Kate, come out here so you can hear the story!”
Kate, matter-of-factly, from under the blanket: “But the dragon is coming to get my face, so I have to hide.”

If I can help them continue to see the world around them this way, I can ask for little more. Each night I pray that they will grow up Brave and Strong and Wise, but the loudest voice in my heart cries for them to grow up full of wonder for the world around them, and conviction that it is the magical place they saw in their youth.


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4 Responses to Dragon Vacuum by Abby

  1. aline August 23, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    I’ve reached “The Age” where internal dialog switches from “when I have kids one day” to “I only have X amount of years of reproductive health left and have no actual plans to have children…” You write about a really cool and not typically shared side of parenting that gives me a swift kick to the ovaries (in a good way), so thank you for that. 🙂

    • David August 23, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Thank you for the comment! Sorry ’bout your ovaries. Having kids is a beautiful thing, and it’s completely life-altering and disruptive. The weird thing is, you don’t mind the disruption because of the way they change your heart. I recommend it to everyone. It’s tough on relationships, and I don’t really know the answer to that one. Even so, children are a unique, and very fulfilling, experience.

      I think it’s natural to want your own, something of your body, and I think it’s worth remembering that the love between adopted kids and their parents is as strong as the love in biological families. I don’t buy into the parents’ age becoming a limiting factor. It will impact your reproductive health, but if you’re willing to open yourself up to different mindsets your reproductive health may have very little bearing on having your own children. So don’t let your ovaries pressure you into pressuring yourself!

      Omg, soapbox much? Terrible.

  2. Sarah August 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I love this so much! It reminds me of a story you once told about Abby seeing an elephant in a tree. Someone told her that she was silly and that elephants don’t live in trees, but you interjected and asked her all about the elephant. It is so important to foster creativity and imagination. It makes me smile that this is something that is so important to you.

  3. Awkward Story Dad January 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I enjoyed this immensely. Children should always be encouraged to tell their stories. This was great.

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