Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A Writer in the Making?

"I been in the lab / with a pen and a pad." —Dr. Dre


Former Senator Bob Dole, who paralyzed his right arm in World War II, liked to carry a pen in his hand to make the injury less obvious. (I wasn't a supporter of his, but this always seemed like a noble gesture — many politicians might prefer to make their war injuries more obvious.)


Anyway, Lucy cuts a similar figure as she totters around the house.


She always seems to be clutching some kind of writing instrument (ideally something harmless like a crayon, but often a crayon, pen or marker).


She'll typically stop to scribble with it, but not always — it's as if the pen itself is conferring power to her as she makes her rounds.


Neither of the other kids did this.


I hope this means she will follow in her parents' footsteps and become a writer or editor.


Otherwise, we're going to have a lot of defaced walls and furniture for no good reason.