Date day :)

Dear Rose,cat

I’m sensing an unfair advantage cropping up in our correspondence. You go out into the world and mingle with entertaining teenagers, motivated teachers and random strangers. I sit at my desk and dream up funny stories about animals. And because I don’t want to write about those funny stories here (no spoilers!) and because I’m doing an awful lot of living in my head these days (a v.strange place indeed) – I don’t have much to tell you here, that you don’t already know.

So, I’m writing about our day today because it’s nice to clock these things up for posterity. Oh, and also for when you chuck a random hissy fit (hmm, like Monday…) Because today, as I was preparing to tie myself to my desk again (because I may or may not have a publisher interested in something – shhh!) you said – hey, Mum, why don’t you take a day off and we’ll go to the movies. No, dear reader, my child had not suddenly morphed from uber-nerd into mega-slacker overnight, she had a curriculum day.the-jungle-book-poster-1460043739

Now this was weird for a few reasons:

  • ordinarily you hate going to the movies and have to be bribed with popcorn and coke.
  • it showed unusual compassion for your mother
  • you were agreeable to seeing a ‘kid’s movie’ – ie. my choice.

So we trotted into town and saw The Jungle Book – which was reasonably entertaining. Ok, I nearly fell asleep once and I had a genuine heart-leaping out of my chest moment when She Carne pounced out of nowhere – but apart from these quite reasonable bugbears, it was an ok film. Don’t think I’d take little tackers to see it – way too scary for my liking!

Then we had lunch (again my choice – you allowed yourself to be dissuaded from Hi-Sushi) at the James St bakery. I ordered the chicken pie, embarrassed you by saying they could take the bread back – because I’m gluten free. Er, the pie’s not gluten-free said the waitress. Mm, I know – I tried to look a bit sheepish – I try to be gluten-free. You valiantly ate half the bread.

Then opp-shop and home to OG where we bought new trackie pants.

All in all, a bonding girlie day. Thank you!

Now back to the apes!

Love you,

Mum xoxo





About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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