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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
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Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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I do what I'm told.

The other day Henry approached me and said, "Put this on your website." He then recited the following:

I am a Cosimi Kawayi. I am a curious sort of beast but smart. I live in the underground arc-Dakota. The Underdorkdakota. We eat fox and bugs and spider webs. Which taste like a sticky broth. We can't stand up but we're good gallopers. My fur is very pointy so the fleas bounce off. There is no space between the hairs. We can step far. We are very good swimmers. We live for six hundred a million and five years old. Seventy two hundred years ago we were half extinct but still in the ends of the dinosaur ages. We were once a simple breed much like humans but related to frogs. Not as clumsy as frogs, able to walk and breathe over water. After the dinosaur period we lived back and studied our old life by doing what happened in our future. So long and farewell.

I am not any less puzzled than you are. And I made the kid.

Reader Comments (73)

Stories like this make me excited about having children some day. Not long ago, my sister came outside to see that her 8-year-old daughter had written all over the driveway in sidewalk chalk, "My mother is torchering me." Sweet kid, can't wait to have one of my own.

I'm also excited to read The Diamond in the Window - thanks!
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthemeansister
"We were once a simple breed[,] much like humans[,] but related to frogs."

Haha, awesome. :)
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB
Well it sounds like Henry has just created the next Men in Black episode. My daughter should meet him, she's 4 and is constantly creating stories for us to playout. He has a great imagination, cultivate it.
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny from the Blog
OH I miss that age!
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeni
That made perfect sense to me.
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael F.
It's the tone that gets me. The details are amazing--like sticky broth. But I love the combined barely veiled contempt for humanity/sweeping view of history he's got in there.

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterozma
That is some imagination!

I'm left wondering what happens next....
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmandaBlogandKiss
My son, who was separated from them long ago, will be pleased when I tell him where his real clan now resides.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpatois
Oh my good gravy. I just viewed the Temple of Dong. Stunning.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhi kooky
Dude's seriously creative. I love the part about doing what happened in our future!
I think I want to name a blog "Which taste like a sticky broth."

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeb
Not only can the kid write, he knows enough to get his stuff up on your blog. Very saavy. Seriously, why do we adults even bother to spin poetry when we're so woefully disconnected from this kind of pure inspiration?
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Can he be referring to a cassowary? Could he had heard about them at school or Animal Planet? There are a few things there that reminded me of them, but I love his creativity!
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula
"(we) studied our old life by doing what happened in our future". The kid is wicked brilliant! And I do not use the the term 'wicked' or 'brilliant' lightly. Long live the Cosimi Kawayi! :)
May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZozo's Mom
"We were once a simple breed," -- alas. So say we all.
May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBOSSY
I read through your entire blog this past weekend and I have a non sexual crush on you.

Now that my awkward professions are out of the way, your child sounds like an infant George Lucas but more ebullient and with better ideas. I am sure he will make you millions and thank you for being such a good Mom by buying you a country when you retire.

Love love love the blog!!!
May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKutz
How excellent and brilliant and weird. Has he read the "Gregor the Overlander" series? I bet he'd love them.
May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkitcat
Makes sense to me...
May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKel
He's six?!?! That's freakin' awesome for 6. It's just really good, strange writing. But it's naturally really good, strange writing. And I should know--I'm a writer and I tutor kids. I love the line "After the dinosaur period we lived back and studied our old life by doing what happened in our future." Ever heard of/read George Saunders? Henry sounds a little like him--totally nonsensical sense-making And I completely disagree with the above comment. He doesn't need a straightjacket! Just a Mac. But if he does need a tutor, I nominate myself. Did you guys move to Brooklyn? I live there! Just so you know, as I was typing in your url to swing by this web site, I was thinking, "There's always good writing over on finslippy." So it's not just Henry who's writing I enjoy but yours, too.
May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Weinstein
Henry's brain is delicious.
May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterschmutzie
You are joking me. He is brilliant. Who needs cable?
May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa C
May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMamaCass
What a creative mind! I'm so impressed that you wrote it all down. And jealous.
June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

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