Brushing Up On the Basics

Toots, a confirmed nightmare-haver, cornered me in bed a few mornings ago and told me she’d had a good dream for once. Being 6:30 in the morning, I didn’t immediately share her excitement, but she could barely contain herself, so I indulged her story.


Turns out this dream started with her little sister, Booger, who was just minding her own business when she fell into an enormous fish tank. After a few minutes of trying to swim her way to the water’s surface, King Triton, of Little Mermaid fame suddenly appeared on the scene. He bobbed benevolently in the water as he surveyed the situation, and eventually nodded, knowing just what to do.


Turns out his solution was to pierce Booger’s heart with his “forky thing,” and continue to float blithely as Booger bled to death.


So I’m thinking this isn’t a good dream as originally advertised. And I ask Toots, “What? I thought you said this was a GOOD dream?”


To which she answered, “Yes! King Triton was very sorry and apologized to all of us.”


Oh right. Happy ending. Soooo. Pretty sure I need to re-teach the whole “Better Safe Than Sorry” principle to Toots.


And possibly have her examined by a team of mental health professionals.


17 Responses to “Brushing Up On the Basics”

  1. OK So am I the first to comment b/c I mean, like, what do you say to that? Wow. Hope you don’t have any forky things hangin’ around the house….

  2. She’s a dark horse all right.

    This month’s Oprah had an article about people who are “ruminators.” I think maybe you’ve got one on your hands.

  3. Toots is The LIGHT! I disagree totally with Jenn! Respectfully, of course.

    Has she seen anything of Steve Irwin? News? The show? How he got stabbed in the heart with the ray’s forky thing?

    Toots is a sponge. She observes! She knows!

    She’s a genius. She’s creative. Nurture her gifts! Fan the flames of her spirit! She is going to do great things! Keep the mental health professionals away.

  4. Steph says:

    I think I’m with Cheri on this one. Don’t let anyone who’ll try to cramp her style get near this kid. I mean, really, have you HAD a little sister? I’d take the apology from Triton as good enough, too. ;)

  5. Tricia says:

    She’s a creative!

  6. bekkah says:

    Disturbing AND intriguing all at once. You could have the next ‘Stephen King’ or ‘Tim Burton’ on your hands over there. Actually, depending on your viewpoint, I guess that might not be so reassuring…sorry :\

    Little Mermaid was one of my favorites. I can’t wait to watch it with my Munchie. I’m thinking right now she might be too young though (just turned two on Friday), particularly since Ursula STILL freaks ME out?!

  7. Karen says:

    On one hand, I agree with the PP’s that you could have some horror-fiction producing child genius growing up right in your house, and how cool is that? On the other hand, if she was my kid I’d be just a little worried. Okay, a lot worried.

  8. I think the pp has summed it up. I too love The Little Mermaid. I am going to put it in my Netflix cue…..oh and I posted today about Prompt Tuesday.

  9. San Diego Momma says:

    Thanks for your comments, as always.
    (Bekkah: Stephen King and/or Tim Burton would be fine with me!)

    I’m going to write more about this shortly b/c there’s more to add to the story.

    Thanks again everyone.

  10. pajama momma says:

    She’s got the power of being a positive thinker that one does!

    I mean after all, he did apologize, right?

  11. mommypie says:

    Omigosh, I’m SO totally turning that into a movie.

    I love Toots :)

  12. Chrisy says:

    My goodness! What a dream. Our boys dream carazy things too – I always wonder what sparked the plot, or what they ate. Lay off the fish in your house ;)

  13. Da Goddess says:

    At least it was a dream and not something she felt compelled to act out. As for the positive spin, there is that.

    Dean Koontz could learn a thing or two from Toots.

  14. Angela says:

    LOL! Isn’t it funny what they dream?

  15. Auds says:

    I can’t help it, I know this is slightly disturbing (as I’d have gone all Uma on King Tritons arse!) but I can’t help but laugh at; “the forky thing” because I have no clue what they are called and I have said THE SAME EXACT THING!!!

    And I agree, Dean Koontz needs to expound on this dream…might be another bestselling series!

  16. She’s a genius that kid!

    Hey, I just wanted you to know that I linked you on my last post!:-D

  17. myra says:

    That Toots has quite the future ahead of her. I wonder where that imagination and upside down thinking will take her? And I’m certain you won’t rein it in. That would be a real nightmare.

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