Monday, 12 April 2010


I like to think of myself as a writer, even though it's very rare for me to actually write anything these days. There is a true writer in my house. The girl who cannot be within a metre of a pencil and paper without scrawling something across it. The girl whose room is piled high with used exercise books, and crumpled paper. The girl who has changed her name recently from Madi to Maddie (possibly only to annoy me). She is such an inspiration to me already, at only eleven years old. I wish I had her drive and persistence. I don't know if she will choose to be a writer when she is grown, but I know writing has already chosen her. Here are two things I found this week that she wrote for her sisters, and has let me share. All her own thoughts and words, unchanged by me.

(Written while watching Sienna draw)
When she draws worlds come alive. Slowly she goes over every detail in true artist fashion. She is a young one, this artist, but the concentration coming from her could rival even the oldest and wisest of humans.
And with each of her drawings comes an explaination, and with that explaination comes a new light to her art. Your eyes adjust to the drawing and you see the shapes in a different way. Two curved lines and four straight lines become a dog within seconds. That is how powerful her art is.
Throughout all of this she never once stops drawing, for she can no longer contain her creative outlet. She has waited long enough.
If I had my way, she would never have to block out her creativeness and drawings for as long as she lived.

(Written one night when she was feeling unusually affectionate towards Kyla)
The 10 things I love about you

1. How super sweet and caring you are.

2 Your originality, mohawk and the term 'emo' included.

3. Your creativeness. Your drawings are amazing, and you proved to me you don't need words to write a story.

4. Your ability to bounce back from critism. Unlike moi, you don't give those words much thought. I admire that feat.

5. How you are willing to play on the nintendos with me even when you're extremely tired at night.

6. Your wiseness. I know it sounds daft considering you're only ten years old, but compared to you I'm like a two year old, (which as you know is not the wisest person on Earth.)

7. The way you love animals even when they are gross, disgusting and scary, (which is practically all the time, but, well, that's not the point, is it?)

8. The fact that you are very optimistic and always make me look on the bright side. Except when your sunny side has a day off and your stormy side takes over, then it's just bad stuff.

9. What goes around doesn't come around with you. I can be selfish, mean, violent even, and you still don't give me back my own medicine. Instead you share with me, say nice things, and only ever pitch [a fit] when it's your sunny sides day off (see eight).

And of course

10. The fact that you are forever and always, my sister.


debra said...

Oh, Hay, this is wonderfully beautifully amazingly written. ♡

Hay said...

Thanks Debra, I thought so :)

Jen said...

I love the way she uses words

bless her and her lovely creative sisters too

Hannah said...

Oh, that is just so sweet and touching! She has a wonderful writing talent, and is a wonderful big sister!

Sarah (Chez Lee) said...

This is so beautifully written, deeply observant, touching and full of love. Thank you for sharing this Maddie.

If my girls start squabbling I ask them to take it in turns to say three nice things about one another. I like the idea of stopping to appreciate the positive aspects of each member of a family and focusing on those attributes.

Thank you again for sharing your writing.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful what a stunning way woth words she has!! Thank you Maddie for sharing these with us!

Jennifer Morrison said...

A writer indeed! Beautiful.

Karen said...

Wow...I'll pause for a moment and just reflect on that's the beautiful use of words AND the beautiful sentiments behind

Anonymous said...

She is an amazing young lady. I figured with all the reading she does (seems she always has a book in her hand) that she would be a good writer but I had no idea she was this brilliant!

The Word Party

Loving words clutch crimson roses,
Rude words sniff and pick their noses,
Sly words come dressed as foxes,
Short words stand on cardboard boxes,
Common words tell jokes and gabble,
Complicated words play Scrabble,
Swear words stamp around and shout,
Hard words stare eachother out,
Foreign words look lost and shrug,
Careless words trip on the rug,
Long words slouch with stooping shoulders,
Code words carry secret folders,
Silly words flick rubber bands,
Hyphenated words hold hands,
Strong words show off, bending metal,
Sweet words call each other 'petal',
Small words yawn and suck their thumbs,
Till at last the morning comes,
Kind words give out farewell posies....
Snap! The dictionary closes.