“This is my Robot” by Taylor at her dining room table

Writing Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 Writing Time: 11:33am Timed Writing: 5 minutes (no edits!) The quote is a “writing dip” selected from a gorgeous, old chart of literature a good friend gave me to put up on my wall. Image from: http://www.absolutearts.com “Stay with me now,” Mandy whispered at my forehead while I wheezed […]

Writing Date: Monday, March 20th, 2016
Writing Time: 8:15am
Timed Writing: 5 minutes (no edits!)
The quote is a “writing dip” selected from “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art” by Scott McCloud

This is my robot

If she wasn’t five years old I wouldn’t have thought my daughter was a genius when she came into my bedroom one morning holding what looked to be a computer hard drive connected to her brother’s favourite wrestling toy action figure: the hulk. But she was five years old and “This is my robot,” was all that she said to me. What was I supposed to think? Genius, obviously.

Ok, I didn’t immediately jump up and yell, “Oh my God I have the smartest daughter in all the land!” or anything like that at first, because I was concerned of course that my little girl had been up all night using electronic equipment and a soldering gun to frankenstein this little plastic man in her bear pajamas, but then she turned it on and the fast worry of my adrenaline pumping heart almost stopped entirely as she commanded the toy wrestler to walk around the room of its own free will.

“It’s voice activated,” she told me, “What else do you want me to tell it to do?”

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