I can’t see much clearly until I don my glasses so I was startled when I didn’t have a clear view of my abnormally large digital clock. There was something rectangular on my nightstand. I switched on my lamp and moved in close for a look.
I noticed some sticky notes peeking out from the sides of the journal. I reached for my glasses and opened up to the marked pages.
Isabelle and I started the Just Between Us: Mother & Duaghter: The Interactive Journal & Activity Book, by Meredith and Sofie Jacobs, a few days ago. I had received a review copy from Chronicle Books and showed it to her after I opened my mail on Monday. We perused it together. I asked her, “Would you like to do this with me?” I figured she’d say, “Is either answer okay?” which is what she usually says before responding negatively to something she knows I want to do.
But… she surprised me! Isabelle said yes!
We decided I’d start writing and drawing and would return it to her. On Monday evening, I deposited the journal on her nightstand after she was asleep. The next morning, I walked into her room and found her looking really guilty at her desk.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“Um… I’m writing in the journal, see?”
I. Was. Shocked.
Isabelle is a striving writer. Even though she agreed to do the journal with me, I didn’t think she’d actually do it. So, I walked out of her room and left her alone.
Sometime on Tuesday afternoon, she returned the journal to me. Tuesday evening and Wednesday were busy. But on Wednesday night, I wrote it in and left it on her nightstand. Isabelle left it on my bed sometime yesterday morning! So, last night, I took the time to respond to some of her writing (on the opposite page) and then left it on her nightstand around 9:30 p.m.
I asked Isabelle to come and talk with me about the journal once she was dressed this morning. She had elected to draw a picture on the page that says
Here’s a drawing of something that scares me.
(Mother, go back and put stickers over the drawing to make it less scary!)
Since the journal is private for us, I won’t share Isabelle’s picture. However, we talked, and then I added some stickers (from the enclosed sticker pages) to her picture to transform the picture into something happy.
Next, I asked, “Do you think we should decorate the cover?”
“Yes! Let’s use some of the stickers,” she replied.
“Do you like passing this journal back and forth?” I asked.
“I do,” Isabelle replied.
“Well, I better start working on the drawing that scares me so you can make it less scary, shouldn’t I?”
“You should, Mommy.”
If this keeps up, you’ll see a blog post about this journal on Two Writing Teachers soon! (Again, without seeing any interior shots, because it’s private! Not even Marc can peek!)