A few years ago my daughter-in-law happened to mention that my granddaughter was as excited to get her own mail as she was to get a new story from me. So it dawned on me that maybe writing a short poem – requiring just one illustration – would generate the same happiness quotient with less effort, in less time. I gave it a shot.
Introducing Clara Cadoodle
This is the story of Clara Cadoodle, who lives in a house in the land of Bazoodle.
Her favourite colour is purpley purple.
She has a shirt of purple, and a skirt of purple.
She has pants of purple, even plants of purple.
Clara Cadoodle lives in Bazoodle and has oodles and oodles of purple pajoomas.
Her favourite food is noodley noodles.
She has apples with noodles, and grapes with noodles.
She has avos with noodles, and meatballs with noodles.
Clara Cadoodle lives in Bazoodle and eats oodles and oodles of noodles.
Clara Cadoodle lives in Bazoodle with her brother, Gustopher Georgie Cadoodle.
He likes to watch his sister play, but more about this another day!
This worked well for relatively instant granddaughter appreciation. However, needless to say, I spoiled my initial objective by deciding to send a new poem with illustration every two weeks. This turned out to take a lot of time! Good thing it’s fun.
Lessons learned after several illustrated poems:
- Don’t set unreasonable expectations for yourself. Nobody else cares; nobody else even knows you have expectations.
- You never run out of ideas when you watch children “working” as they learn about the world.
- Your own limitations in writing and drawing can be very frustrating. Don’t force it; you have all the time in the world!