Archive for the 'imagination' Category


Indiana and I are walking along and we see a group of magpies.

Me: Indi, do you know what magpies eat?

Indiana: (triumphantly) CHEESE!

Me: No, not cheese…worms!

Indiana: Pfftlluhh! Yuck!

Me: What does Indi eat?

Indiana: Snakes.

Me: You eat snakes?

Indiana: Yeah, Indi eat snakes. And ‘piders.

Me: Snakes AND spiders! My goodness.

Indiana: And bugs!

Me: Wow.

A little later, Indi walks past a mound of mulch in a passing garden and points to it.

Indiana: Elephant eat dat.

Me: Elephants? Oh. (I look over at the pile) What is it?

Indiana: Look like dirt.

Me: Elephants eat dirt, do they?

Indiana: Yeah, a ‘course it does.

(Indi, aged 2.)



Indi has a new toy from the zoo that she has named “Baby”. It is a zebra head on a stick, that has a trigger function that causes the mouth to open and close. She is biting me with it and it isn’t working properly.

Indiana: What are you DOING, Baby? Bite Mummy! A biting!

(Indi, aged 2.)

holiday tradition

Bea has taken out the Halloween decorations while we’re setting up for Christmas. She is playing a game with them. Indiana is snatching them away.

Beatrix: Indi’s a water monster!

Me: Oh. Is she?

Beatrix: Yeah! She keeps taking my pumpkins and filling them up with water. They don’t LIKE water, Indi — they like blood!

(Bea, age 6)

zoology 101.

Beatrix: (randomly) If you hear a koala roar, you should put it down. Because it’s going to have a baby.

(Bea, age 6.)

life choices.

(Ross is trying on my new Darth Vader helmet.)

Nikki: It fits you better than it fits me. Maybe Daddy should be Darth Vader.

Beatrix: (to Ross) You already have a job!

(Bea, age 6.)

the mind of a writer.

Found by Daddy whilst reading through Bea’s creative writing at school;

Beatrix: “There once was a king and a queen who lived in a castle. The queen had a baby. She was as beautiful as candy.”

(Bea, age 6.)

family life

Beatrix: (abruptly) I really want twins.

Me: You want twins?

Beatrix: Yeah, when I grow up, I really want twins.

Me: Having two babies at once is a lot of work.

Beatrix: I know, but you can hold one while the other one drinks.

Me: Oh. Okay then. What are their names going to be?

Beatrix: Oceanna. And Leia.

(Bea, age 6)


An archive of quotes from my radical tomboy daughters; Indiana Lux (3.5) and Beatrix Honey (7.5) on their journey to becoming less pod and more human.