Wednesday, November 09, 2005
The Hairball Express!
Guess what? I was Star of the Week last week and got to pick my favorite books and be line leader and bring someone for lunch. So I brought Dad!
He ate lunch with me and my friends Nathan and Derrick and also some girls who come and sit too.
(Dad wants me to say who, but I don't want to. JUST SOME GIRLS!)
Then we played out on the climbing wall. Alyssa stepped on my hand and I fell about 50 feet and landed on the ground but I was okay.
Inside we had sharing time and story time mooshed together. I told everyone about my Dad and then he told my favorite stories. One was Mr. Gaiman's Goldfish book.
The other was The Hairball Express.
It is OUR story. We made it up together when we were waiting for my baby sister to come out. Back then we had a kitty Moxie--this was way before we got Blaze--and she was a funny kitty. She would bite you if you grabbed her. But if you sat quiet or just played trains, she would come and sit with you or even jump on the train table and move the trains around.
Moxie was an old biting cat and she bit me really bad so Mom and Dad said she had to go live with Grandma so she wouldn't bite me or my baby sister. I was sad about that so I told Dad to make up a story so that Moxie could come visit. And so that's how it started.
Anyway, Dad told the story from his memory. Sometimes he does the sound of the train and old man who snores and the mean dogs and sometimes I do them. I did them in my class while Dad told the story. Everyone yelled at the part where the Train Police tried to stop the train! It is the best part, except the end. And where Moxie saves Tuffy from the dogs.
Dad says his friends on his Web place want to hear the story too. Dad wrote it down and I want to draw pictures for it, but it is hard! It will take a LONG time to do all the pictures.
Here is just one I did. That's the train, the Hairball Express.
I licked my finger and rubbed it to make it swishy like it's fast, though.
But look--I forgot to draw Moxie in the cab.
Dad gave me a bunch of pictures of Moxie and the old station near our house and some other train pictures. They help me draw good pictures, but I think I might cut them out and glue them on paper. I forget the name of that.
(Dad says it's a collage.)
I think the best thing would be Dad telling the story. He says he can put his voice on his Web place but it would be long.
Maybe he could do both.
I agree with you, I think your dad should record himself telling the story. If he does, I hope you do the animal noises!
Your day at school sounds like it was great :)
We can't wait to see and hear the story of the Hairball Express!
My dad printed it out and put it on our fridge. That's really good, because not even ANY of my art gets put up there at all!
I can't wait to see the rest of your illustrations. I'm trying to put together a collage for the special art school that I want to go to next year, but it's hard because I have to draw everything. :(
You always blow my mind, Thomas! You're so cool! :D
Looking forward to how you and your Dad put together Hairball Express!
I can't wait to hear and see the story of Moxie and the Hairball Express. Keep on makin' art!!
-Derek (not the one who eats lunch with you though)
I can still remember every bit of that story - The Twinkie and I had so much fun with it.
Now that you have drawn the train, will you draw Moxie next? :)
The name of your cat reminded me that there used to be a soft drink called Moxie that I liked a lot when I was little.
Fantastic story? You and Mr. Man have some fantastic brains. Do you have a corpus callosum conecting both your brains? And your sound effects were stirring, sometime jostling me in my chair. Well Done! ...also, the great Ted Williams (who Flip will tell you was the last major league baseball player to hit .400 for an entire season) was a "pitch" man for Moxie. So I think you should have a picture of Ted Williams on the next train. :¬)