A few weeks ago my daughter asked if she could post on my site. She is so cute and is becoming quite a writer herself. Her thoughts come out random… but that is the beauty of childhood and I left the post in her words. Here is Lily!
Simple Stories – Lily
Hi, my name is Lily.
I am 9 years old and like simple living. (Note, one reason I like it is because it is much easier to clean when we live simply.)
I am going to write about what I do for fun.
Here we go.
I have very little toys and brought even less to China when we moved here to live for a year. I stored a couple toys, sold a bunch of toys, and gave away a bunch of toys.
After storing, selling and giving away, I had left:
- 1 toy kitten
- three stuffed animals
That’s nonelectric stuff.
I share two electronics with my brother:
Then we packed into a couple suitcases and moved here for the year.
Don’t think I am bored without toys. I don’t use them often. I play outside, sing, dance to music, read, and play imaginary games. See! I hardly have any toys and I am NOT bored. I have fun playing with friends and chatting on Skype too. I have plenty of fun without toys and I never use the ones I have, except the occasional stuffed hamster game.
Here is a picture of my favorite toys:
Hammy is the red hamster and Caramel is the black bear. Hammy looks ridiculously funny no matter what you do. And that is a benefit. It is a benefit because then you can change how funny he looks. I call it different kinds of funny. I think him ridiculously funny anyway you put it.
When We Started Simplifying
When we first started simplifying I was all about every part except that I would no longer have my own bedroom. We sold the blow-up pool, lots and lots of toys, tools, cooking utensils, and more.
The next time we simplified we got rid of a lot more things and me and my brother had no room, we slept in the living room and shared the futon – a couch that flattens out into a bed. It was small and thin and I was tall, resulting in my feet hanging of the end of the bed. So me and Ian took turns sleeping on the floor so I could have my feet stretched out as far as I wanted. It worked good that way.
Then we moved here to China. It is fun, except for the weird way they fill pastry. They mix beans with sugar and mash them and put them in good smelling tarts. They smell delicious and taste weird.
They have pizza, but it is expensive for the good stuff. The bad pizza has sweet crust. If I could have any food in the world, it would be black olives. Mmmmm…it makes me hungry just thinking about them. Wait, am I talking about food? Yes.
Lets get back to the real subject, simple living.
I enjoy China, but still miss seeing white people like me. Once we went to Beijing and I was mostly saying, “Listen, I hear English!” to my mom, excited because I had not heard American accent in a very long time.
What ever the reason, I like simple living.
Bio: Lily is my amazing 9 year old girl that has lived through all our craziness. She has visited 2 provinces in Canada, all but 12 of 50 of the states in the USA and now lives in China. She is brilliant and is creating her own school curriculum for the summer. You can read about her new school plans at her blog. If you have kids (or like reading kids stories) you can check out her children’s books on amazon. She wrote the Hammy Character Series (4 part series) and is now working on a mystery series about Chippy the Chipmunk.
Two of Lily’s books are free for the next 5 days
Thanks for writing an awesome post for your mom Lily! Your mom is super proud of you!