Go.

The new word in our house is “go”. He leads me to the door: “Go! Go!”. I check the time: half past six, almost bedtime. But why rush? A walk in the evening is a rare treat. Dressed only in his vest, I coax him into shorts, shoes, socks and his new shark t-shirt. He jiggles impatiently by the door as I don shoes and find my keys. Finally we are off!

“Where do you want to go, then?” I ask. In response he sets off up the hill, taking big stompy strides. “Go!” he confirms. Well, alrighty then mister, you lead the way.

He manages to climb the hill and walk down the other side. We see the moor all grassy green in this distance. Then, as we reach the crossroads he burns out, turns to me and lifts up his arms. “Oh dear! Oh dear!” Carry me. So I do. We stroll hom and he calls out things he knows: cone, cat, car, a door, a leaf. “Wheeee?” he enquires as we pass the playground. He wants to go on the slide. Not a chance fella, I tell him. We’re going to go home now. “Go.” he repeats as he snuggles his head into my neck. We tread the familiar path to our front door, and go inside. Home. He wriggles out of my arms and his feet start running before he reaches the floor. Chattering happily, he climbs onto his Daddy’s lap to tell him about his adventure.

 

16 thoughts on “Go.

  1. This is a lovely post! It reads like a Shirley Hughes or a Helen Oxenbury book, with shades of Can’t You Sleep Little Bear . It would make a lovely bedtime book. Thank you for letting me hug your little Tin Bird and remember x

  2. Catherine says:

    How gorgeous! You have such a lovely way with words. All your posts are so enjoyable to read with a gentle wit and cadence but this one is a particular gem. Thank you

  3. Kate Maguire says:

    You should seriously think about writing a children’s book at some te Heather, you have a gift with words and you make me feel as if I’m next to you, experiencing all the wonderful things that make up ttb’s adventures.

  4. Kate Maguire says:

    You should seriously think about writing a children\’s book at some te Heather, you have a gift with words and you make me feel as if I\’m next to you, experiencing all the wonderful things that make up ttb\’s adventures.

  5. Anne Marie says:

    Oh, oh, what a sweet post this is Heather. I agree with comments above, you ought to think of writing a children’s book. I loved reading about and could just imagine TTB marching up the hill and then all spent at the top but his achievement!

    I follow a lovely blog Winwick Mum, http://winwickmum.blogspot.co.uk/. This lovely lady has written a children’s book and it is out now. I have met her as she’s not far away from me and I’m sure she would be only too happy to offer any advice.

  6. carol partridge says:

    Everything with my little grandson was 1 2 3 GO ! TTB is so gorgeous. Can’t believe how he’s quite a little man now. X

  7. Ooh, my computer has finally loaded all the comments and I’ve got a mention (thank you Anne Marie!). I’ll be glad to help out if I can if you do fancy having a go at writing a book, just give me a shout xx

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