January 27, 2006


Yesterday morning, Maisy woke up early and came down the hall and crept into bed with me.

CUDDLE ME! She demanded in her most grumptious voice. I gathered her in, a long skinny string of squirming, out-of-sorts toddler. She kept herself busy scraping her toenails down my leg and then fluffing me like a pillow. At last she got me suitably arranged for her comfort and her wiggling stopped. I lay in the dark with her folded up against me, smelling her strawberry shampoo and inoffensive baby morning breath. We had a little whispered conversation.

Me: You are my favorite little girl. I know a lot of little girls in this town, but you are my very, very favorite.
Her: *poking bottom lip out so far a bird could come perch on it* Yesterday you put your favorite little girl in time out.
Me: Yesterday my favorite little girl was naughty.
Her: .....I know. Sometimes I don't understand my heart.

You and me both, honey. You and me both.

I have a CRAM PACKED day as my son is receiving a MEDAL at school for STRAIGHT E-having....oh Lord, but I like that kid and his big spooky brain. SO my working day is cut short and I have a LOT to get done in the next 4 hours. I will shut up now and simply tell you that there isa long interview with me up on the blog of a fellow writer I genuinely admire, aka Nichelle Tramble. I tried to answer her questions seriously (which is always a stretch for me) because they were dern good questions. I mostly did not fail in this objective very much....


Posted by joshilyn at January 27, 2006 7:23 AM

A 3 year old actually said "sometimes I don't understand my heart"?

Hmmm. Sounds like she's hanging out a lot with her writerly mom. Or she's going to develop a big spooky brain, too.

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 27, 2006 11:18 AM

Lovely little keepers. Maisy is so adorable. What is a straight - E? Whatever it is - You go Sam.

Posted by: Cele at January 27, 2006 11:20 AM


Posted by: Amy-GO at January 27, 2006 11:40 AM

Good grief Joss, I just wanna come hug her tons...Congrats on Sam's All E-ness, which I am sure means exceptional, excellent, and extrodinary....Boo made All A's on her report card for the very first time this 9 weeks...we are very proud I must say and will be framing it when we get it...LOL..she's always been so close but this time she made it!!! Yeah!!!!

NC misses you btw and can't wait to see you soon...hugs to you and Mr. Husband and on a side note.....have you made 60 yet in WoW? Have a wonderful day!!!

Posted by: gabi at January 27, 2006 11:53 AM

That's a great interview... but I couldn't make Nichelle's links work... might want to drop her a note and let her know. I wanna read more about Joss Jackson! :o)

Posted by: Martha O'Connor at January 27, 2006 2:54 PM

"I'm not a lukewarm person.."

Truer words were never spoken! Great interview!

Posted by: Heather Cook at January 27, 2006 3:36 PM

And you gave dern good answers! Great interview...

Tell Maisy Girl we'll play soon. Oh, and I made it home fine--though the dog crapped on my bedroom floor during the night. Nice.

Posted by: Karen Abbott at January 28, 2006 3:13 PM

Joss, I had to share this. I just overheard my husband telling my own all-Es eight-year-old to "put down the book while you're walking down the stairs. Son! Look up from the book before you fall down the steps!" Cracked me up.

Posted by: Teble at January 28, 2006 7:17 PM