After the usual nightly struggle to get Archie and Lewis to bed – teeth brushing, wrestling into pyjamas, squealing, hollering, hiding, bounding on the bed, book reading, several toilet and drink breaks, a few fights – they are still so wound up and giggly and crazy that I decide to try something new to settle them. I bring out the IPOD and ask them to tell me a story which I will record as proof of their creative genius. I envision them entering a semi-meditative state to access the subconscious and deliver me two amazing stories before falling gently to their pillows for a deep, peaceful sleep. Here’s how it turned out. (Click on links to listen.)
Plot: A baby dragon goes on a long, arduous search for his Mummy and Daddy. On this exciting, emotionally charged journey of self discovery he seeks counsel with a T-REX and an adult Dragon but it is only after going to a show and turning into a dinosaur that he can find his missing parents and, finally, himself.
Archie: One day a little dragon lost his Mummy and Daddy, so he looked and he fff…
Reservoir Dad : Shhh… Archie’s turn…
Archie: And he looked and he looked and he looked for his Mummy but he couldn’t find him so he, um, asked… ahh… T-Rex and he said, ‘Do you know where my Mummy is T-Rex?’ and the T-Rex said, ‘No.’ So he went looking again.
RD (pause): And then what happened?
Archie: And when he came to a dragon…
Archie: Um, he said… ‘Do you know where my Mummy and Daddy are?’ And the dragon said, ‘Yes!’
RD: Where were they?
Lewis: (pointing to the IPOD): It stopped…
RD: Hang on… nah… it’s still going Lewis.
Archie: And the Dragon said, ‘They’re near the tree eating leaves.’
Archie: So the baby went to the trees and he ran and he ran and he ran because he… had to go to a show.
RD: Wasn’t he going to look for his Mum and Dad?
Archie: Yeah, his Mum and Dad have to pick him, um, have to, um, go to the show and give him… go to the show and drive him there.
RD: Ohhhh…. excellent. Is that the end?
Archie: And the baby dinosaur found his Mummy and Daddy after all. The End.
RD: Good work Arch.
Plot: After eating a willy, the flippy dragon finds himself the target of a revenge-seeking bum.
RD: Okay, your turn Lewis.
Lewis: So when the draga… (laughing)
RD: (bloody mobile phone rings): Your turn… it’s your turn.
Lewis: When the dragon (laughing) ate a willy (laughing).
RD: Hey… hey try not to jump…
Lewis: And the bum ate him.
(Lewis and Archie laughing).
RD: (desperately): Nah, come on tell us a real story. You’re good at stories.
Lewis: Okay. When the rocket… (indecipherable. More laughter.)
RD: Come on Lewy. Nah… stop jumping… (bloody text message). Come on. Tell us a story. Go. A good story.
Lewis: Once upon… I heared a phone.
RD: Yeah, that’s alright.
Lewis: And a bum came ate the big story!
Lewis: (Archie laughing) And when the bum ate the story, the end.
RD: Is that it?
Lewis: Nah, and when the bum ate… (Archie and Lewis laughing). And when the bum ate, and when the bum ate…
RD: When the bum ate what?
Lewis: And when the bum ate and ate and ate THE FLIPPY DRAGON. (laughter)
RD: Okay, say the end.
Lewis: And The End pop-off.
RD: Good boy.
Lewis: I want to listen to it.
The Archie/Lewis Combo Story
Plot and transcript – It’s beyond me. The first person to come up with a plot for this story and transcribe it will win a hand-crafted wooden Jigsaw puzzle donated by Melbourne’s The Carpenter and The Walrus.