So my daughter has always loved me to tell her stories, and often these stories involve pirates and/or cats.
The other night she asked if we could write down some stories so she could make a book. We’ve started on it. Delia’s Pirate Stories. She supplies ideas and illustrations and I flesh them out and type them into the computer. Eventually we will print them up and maybe even bind them into a book. There tends to be an entourage watching while we do this. It’s a family affair.
The first chapters have to do with finding a treasure map (of course) and by the end of chapter two we ended up having pirates on opposing ships engaging in a word war. They shout insults at one another over the railings. One of them calls “opposites!” I was typing this up and asked the middle spawn to help me think of a good opposite insult. The first cabin boy had called the second cabin boy a “total genius.” What should the reply be? She thought for a moment and said, “Well… since it’s an opposite…”
Which is how the second cabin boy ended up yelling, “I LOVE YOU!” to the first.