Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Floating Ice Cream Store at Lake Powell

At my pre-school, there's this little guy named Jonas. Jonas is the younger brother of a child I had several years ago who used to crack me up. He'd sit in a chair during playtime, staring at nothing...and when I'd ask what he was doing he'd say, "I'm on a plane watching a movie."

Well, Jonas (whose name I can't even think without going..."My name is Jonas! bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum--you Guitar Hero addicts know what I'm talking about....) seems to have inherited his brother's imagination. And then some.

And he's also my special buddy at school. He'll spend the entire playground time telling me his stories.

One day he regaled me with a unusually detailed description of his future business venture. I think it would make an awesome children's book!

Here it goes:

"Do you know what I'm going to do when I grow up?"

"No. What ARE you going to do when you grow up?"

"I'm going to have an ice cream stand. At Lake Powell."

Me: "Ahhh. What kind of ice cream are you going to sell? Chocolate? Vanilla?"

"It's going to be hard ice cream. On a stick. It's going to be cherry and shaped like a heart."

"That sounds nice!"

"And it's going to have a DINOSAUR PLANETARIUM!"

Me: "Wow! I've heard of space planetariums but never dinosaur planetariums."

"You know what a planetarium is? They have toys that they sell. And I'm going to have one with my ice cream stand."

"I see."

"And you know what my ice cream stand is going to be in a big tent. That floats. And you can drive the houseboat and I will drive all the other little boats."

Me: "Well, thanks!"

"AND...it will have a WATER PARK!"

"That is SOME fancy ice cream stand you're going to have."

"YEAH! And some of the slides will go like this!" (He proceeds to trace different slides in the playground gravel, with me appropriately ooh-ing and ahhh-ing after each one.)

"And, it's going to have a BIG mountain that you can go down right in the middle." (Which he demonstrates by creating a huge pile of rocks.)

He goes on to tell me about the different slides and things for a while. Then a little girl in my class comes up to help with his growing Ice Cream Stand Mountain.

"Hey!" he tells her. "Do you know what? When I grow up, I'm going to have an Ice Cream Stand!"

And it starts all over again.

I think it would be a terrific children's book...with the pictures getting increasingly elaborate as the story does. I can see it all in my head.

And so, it seems, can Jonas.


This is for Jill...I tried to keep the color in the leaves and rocks while lightening the shadows on Kadence's face. It's not perfect, but I think you can see her better. :)


The Sutton Family said...

Ahhh, what a cute story. I miss being an aide in the Autistic Kindergarten cuz the kids always had such funny thing to say.

As far as Cameron, we are considering some legal action. The attorneys Grant works for have given us some good advice, which probably will result in some kind of legal suit.

The thing that pisses me off the most is that the kid that shot Cameron TOLD his parents and they have said nothing. A simple "I'm sorry" would at least show some integrity.

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts and prayers my dear. I'll keep you posted!

Love ya

Andrea Amu said...

What an imaginative lil' guy that Jonas is! Wow!

Jill said...

Thank You I love it! You can actually see her face now! I will saved it to my computer! That was so sweet of you to do that! I wish we lived a little closer, I know Cadence would have so much fun playing with Sadie. Sorry if thats spelled wrong.

Suzanne said...

wow...nothing like a child with a fueled imagination! Gotta love the lil boogers!

Jim said...

Little kids are great!

Elizabeth said...

I agree, it would make a great childrens story, so what are you waiting for girl? :)

Stampin' Meg said...

I would definitely go to that ice cream stand!!!

The Little Fishers said...

So I was thinking about who in all the world might have a blog aside from me and I thought of you! I'm glad to know you're doing well and I've enjoyed reading your blog ... Hopefully you won't think I was prying ... Amor

Pink Ink said...

That's funny! My kids would probably love to run a floating ice cream store at Lake Powell, too :-)!!

Glad to see you from SITS!

WheresMyAngels said...

I love Lake Powel. Haven't been since my 4 year old was 1 year old. Ice cream would of been nice, but you would have to live on the reservation to be able to have the ice cream stand.

Lynette said...

Get with Jonas and write it.
Sounds like a fun fun fun book!