7.11.2011

better than fiction

There was total silence coming from the girls' room while I made coffee in the kitchen. This always means one of two things: Margot and Ruby are playing harmoniously in joyful silence or something I'd rather not happen is happening. Like, say, Margot is cutting Ruby's hair or a bowl of milk and granola is being massaged into a quilt. It's a fifty-fifty shot these days so I just inquired in my best non-assuming mom voice, "What's going on in there girlfriends?" and Margot replied, "Oh I am just taking my dog Ruby for a walk."

Coffee on, I rounded the corner to see just what this meant. Both kids stood, expressionless, in their bright room strewn with books and toys and life. Their seriousness evaporated into a fit of giggles when I started laughing so hard.

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It was a fun game for a good length of time, Margot encouraging Ruby, "Come here girl! Come on! Good girl!" and Ruby toddling behind, trying to keep enough slack in the leash to avoid a mookers eviction.

My girls are my best story-makers. I've always gravitated toward writing non-fiction and now that I have a Margot and a Ruby I can't ever imagine tackling fiction. It's just so juicy right here.

In this week's mama digs I wrote about a recent car adventure with Alice, Margot, Ruby and Owen, Margot's Barbie. Owen was decapitated on I-90 just east of Bozeman. Click to read mama digs: blast out.

ps hula hoop winner:

Annie said...Playing in the sprinkler with my kids, catching my kids as they jump off the dock into my arms, camping in the Black Hills with my family, keeping up with our small vege garden. So funny that Margot's bike is the stinger! Tart has loads of wonderful things! A Hula hoop would be a blast to have with camping...entertainment just around the bend.

You'll have a hula hoop to camp with, Annie! Congrats. Email me at digthischick at gmail dot com.








:: :: ::all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com

15 comments:

Kelle said...

I read your mamadigs this morning and wanted to comment but waited for the post. glad I did because the leash on the pacifier. oh my. woof.

the headless Barbie was prize-winning. and the story to go with it. It so beats my Barbies-in-compromising positions I find lying around the house, clotheless. Yes, headless Barbies are way funnier.

xoxo

The Michelle Show said...

Hahahah, too awesome of a picture and you had me smiling! Heading over to read your article now.

P.S You should write a childrens book called "Margot Says.."

Maria said...

OK..so truthfully, the Owen story made me sad. I even entertained the irrational thought of flying out there to search for her head myself. As an adult, it takes me a hell of a lot longer to pass through the stages of grief than it does Margot. I do not deal with loss very well. In fact, I think Owen's lost head (not to mention her headless body)will haunt me for a very long time..lol.

Marti said...

That picture is awesome!

Sarah said...

HILARIOUS :) Thanks for a good laugh. Love your girls!

Mental Chew said...

That is hysterical! The picture is just as good as the story.

Malissa said...

I love that so satisfied look on Margot's face and the flip flops with the tights. Priceless...thanks for the Monday chuckle. Your kids are hilarious. :)

Amanda said...

Oh god, so cute and funny. They are the best.

dig this chick said...

Maria, I hear ya! It was sad. There was literally nowhere to pull over. We were in a narrow canyon between a river and a rock wall. It made it kind of easy. That was that for Owen's noggin. No searching, no finding. It just wasn't an option. So we had to move on. It was hard. And eventually funny.

melody said...

this is absolutely amazing. i actually pulled up this post several times today just so i could see that picture of margot and her dog ruby. i feel like the picture gets even funnier the more i look at it! and am just loving the story of headless owen. you are a great mom!

jennymariee said...

We had a similar loss. My daughter had been given an old doll of my grandmother's. It had a glass face and despite my protests, she was in love.
And of course she took a tumble and her face shattered. My husband witnessed and he said our daughter's face was so sad.

Glad Margot seems alright with the loss. And and will find a new baby to love.

Colleen said...

Ha! That pic made me laugh out loud.

rebecca said...

,,,margot, "livin' la vida loca" with her dog ruby,,,thank goodness the "mookers" didn't pop out, you would have heard one loud yelp coming from a dog who lost her bone!,,,"nuggets" were delicious as always,,,(smile)

,,,i read mama digs and laughed my head off, like owen i'm without a head right now!,,,

Bikini By 30 said...

I am pretty certain Margot needs a hilarious hair extension from a drug store to practice having long hair.

Dana said...

Rolling up the windows before passing a logging truck brings back so many memories!
We also always need a good blast out at least once a day in the car. Its seems like it is the perfect reset button.
Sorry about Owen...My daughter lost her Barbies leg along i-90 but in Seattle :-)Maybe they will find each other.

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