It May Not Seem Like Much

February 18, 2013

All my life I’ve told stories I make up to the children I’m around. Growing up, my sister used to lay in bed at night and listen to them, sometimes we’d end up laughing so hard we’d have to bury our faces in our pillows. My mom would come in all sleepy in her robe and say, “GIRLS. It is 9:00. You need to be asleep now.”

As a nanny, I told them to all my kids. The older two girls were always far more interested in having one of their own to follow along with than the boys, who liked a short, scary tale. I would spin months worth of adventures with the same characters and they’d almost have a life of their own by the time we were done.

With the little ones, I started out simple. Stories of a naughty spider who didn’t obey his mother. A frog who couldn’t stay quiet and lost his croak. They were short and sweet and I would tell them that to fill the “story tank” (which I measured out with my hands in the air) would only be filled with obeying and time.

After all, you can’t tell 10 stories in a hour without needing a bit of a brain recharge.

So this morning, Bella curled up next to me in bed and I realized – she was probably old enough to hear a story from me.

I wasn’t sure if she would lay still long enough, or pay attention, but gave it a shot. I told her of the little fly who went in search of a rhino (she has a thing for rhinos lately) to live on. Then the adventures of them together; getting stuck in the mud, being lost, etc.

She laid next to me for a good 20 minutes as I talked, each pause saying, “More talk Mama.” She giggled and asked questions.

I can’t explain how it felt to share this part of me with my own daughter. To take the magic that is created with a story and tell it to her. I’ve waited years for that moment, the time when she would be old enough to love that. I hoped with all my heart she would, that she wouldn’t just blow it off and not ever love them.

So it was special. I was able to take some of the creativity I love and have those moments with her. I hope as she grows up she’ll never forget that I did that with her.



  • Deborah

    February 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

    What a precious memory! And a special gift to share with Bella.

  • Ms. Future PharmD

    February 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Totally record some or make videos. We have audio of my great grandpa telling stories and it’s wonderful to listen to, especially with my mom or her siblings.

  • Laura C

    February 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Please write these stories down for her and the new baby and any other children who might come your way. I bet they would love to pass them on to your grandchildren someday. Hand write them if you have to, type them and put them into a scrapbook. But don’t ever lose the stories. They will cherish them as much as you cherished the moment.

  • Alexia @ Babies & Bacon

    February 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Awwww. So sweet. I love telling stories to kids. Ella isn’t quite patient enough for them yet, but I’m going to keep trying! The idea of the story tank is brilliant.

  • shawna page

    February 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

    my babies are in college now.i remember that as they got a bit older they loved to hear about what they did as a baby….they could listen to story after,as my college girls,they still love to hear about themselves,growing up,funny things they said or did.i look back now and wish i had written down those witty questions and comments.20 years ago we werent blogging and keeping daily diaries……i wish i had.i enjoyed every silly minute but wish i documented more of it.
    i just came across your blog today and i have to tell you how very sorry i am for your loss.i lost my 1st baby,Brendon,at birth,my only son.I know the feeling of fear when carrying my babies after him…the fear of getting attached because i just could not stand that pain again. We become a mama,at conception.We start loving our baby while it grows inside of us.We cant help it. I wish you all the love and “happily ever afters” that you deserve.God bless you and your family.

  • Allison

    February 19, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Aw, so sweet – Diana, that really is a talent that not many people have. Have you ever thought of checking in with an agent or publisher? You might be able to share your stories with a whole ton more children in the form of actual books. So mamas like me who can’t make up stories on the fly can share yours with their kids. Could be fun…

  • Joy

    February 19, 2013 at 1:12 am

    That is such a gift and talent! I love that you shared this and as I read I got a little teary-eyed remembering my momma making up stories (adventures!!!) for my youngest brother and myself. When my parents divorced the three oldest siblings didn’t live with us anymore either. It was just Mom, little bro and me. I know my mom was lonely, I know it was so hard to be a single mom on welfare – but we’d all snuggle in her bed and she’d tell us those adventures. The stories themselves are so fuzzy and I wish I remembered them better. You should really write the stories down for your little girl if you think of it, or especially if you spin a wonderful adventure that she stars in for several months, or even years, at a time. All I remember is my bro and I were the stars and we had a sidekick monkey!!!

  • grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

    February 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I’m always super impressed with people like you who can make up a fictional story off the top of your head, in the moment. My hubby is amazeballs with this & I’m like pausing every 5 minutes and my son, Ransom is like “Mom, what are you talking about?” So, I just stick to reading books. =) However, I have loved having those precious moments of book reading with him…now that he’s 7 we have a lot more options that I love too (Like narnia, etc.) or we listen to books via audible together. Either way, those quiet/snuggle storytelling moments are just priceless!

  • Anne-Marie

    February 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes. “Anne-girl” would be proud!

  • Brooke

    February 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I started doing that with Ruby a while ago – we have Rubydoodle stories about Rubydoodle the fairy and all her Doodlefairy friends… it’s so fun and she LOVES them. 😀 Such a special memory to create for Bella!

  • Nikki

    February 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    We just started telling stories to our Little Man and we all look forward to ‘Jed’ stories before bed! Daddy typically tells Pirate Jed stories and I stick with Jed the Monkey. What special moments these are!!!

  • Rebecca

    February 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I love this!! What a special moment together 🙂

  • Roxanne

    February 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    How sweet and special. My mother did that same thing, and to this day I still remember her “homemade” stories. I loved them so much. I am positive little Bella did and will in the future, too. What precious memories you are making!!!!!

  • Kristi @ Creative Kristi

    February 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    What a wonderful moment! I would suggest either writing down the stories or recording you telling her them. She will treasure them and want to hear them for years and years to come 😉

  • Amanda

    February 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I can’t wait to do this with my son! That and reading long chapter books that span weeks… spending that time together with a story is something I’ve always looked forward to.

  • susan m

    February 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    sweet, sweet, sweet! What a wonderful way to start the day! 🙂

  • Priscilla Blair

    February 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    So, remember how you were saying in an earlier post that you weren’t all crafty and you could never put together all those Pinterest crafts for the holidays? Well dear, THIS is how YOU are a crafty wonder. Not only do I have to buy those crafts (because I don’t have a crafty bone in my body) but I also have to buy words in the form of books, because my brain is just not blessed that way. How special!! 🙂

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