Day One for this blog! In this blog, I will be sharing very “special” children’s stories. These tales were born to help our son, who has special needs, manage the anger, anguish and unsettling thoughts that sometimes assail him. In case you have just landed here, let me just give you a bit of background. A year back, in January 2017, we moved to New Zealand from Spain. All the changes that moving countries imply (new language, new school, no friends, new home, no family in town) have been a very hard experience for our son. The stories that I will be sharing here have been, at times, a lifesaver for us. I encourage you to read the “about me” page to get to know us better.
The fragment I´m sharing today belongs to the first story we invented. My “not-so-secret-plan” (as I´m sharing it here with you) is to have it illustrated and published. As a matter of fact, when I first drafted this post what I really wrote was “my plan is to look for an illustrator”. Then I shared my ideas with my artistic little sister Soledad (we are going downhill towards the 50s but she will always be my little sister). The next morning I woke up to a Whatsapp full of these amazing illustrations, way better than the ones I had commissioned from a professional illustrator. So there you go, now my plan is to get my sister to draw the illustrations and then publish the story (you read this, Soledad, didn´t you?)
Before I start the Confusion Monster tale, let me explain how it all started. Our son has been unsettled for many months because he misses his life back in Spain and wants to go back. His frustration has resulted in many negative thoughts and verbalizations such as “I hate confusion” “I hate making mistakes”.
In one of our family road trips on our way to visit grandparents, he began to say “I don´t want confusion to come on holidays with us”. He wanted those thoughts and feelings to be left behind, to be able to enjoy our holidays. So, trapped in a long car journey and with few resources to prevent a potential crisis, I started inventing a story in which Confusion Monster was trying to sneak into our trip but we tricked him and left him behind.
As you will read, the hero-boy in the story is quite special. He is afraid of loud noises, and bad thoughts have in him an easy victim. I wanted lots of other special heroes to find themselves portrayed in the story. In the original story Mum was fixing the problems, but when I started crafting the story I decided to include a sister so that both of them would team up in the effort to fight the monsters.
I want to apologise in advance about formatting issues. This is the first tale I share and I´m not too sure how it will come out in different devices. I´ll improve as I blog, trial and error! Your patience will be appreciated
Let´s wait no more. Here goes the first story fragment. I will be preparing a downloadable version soon.
Confusion Monster On The Loose!
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