Pippi and Yoda

Spring Break starts here today, but a less springish day I could not imagine. The sky is like waterlogged quilt batting, pressing a clammy malaise down into our pores, and if the weather weren’t sufficient to leech all energy from me, the allergens tightly packed into my respiratory system would do the job. (March: In like a lion, out like full-scale biological warfare.)

However, I’m aglow with gratefulness today for your comments and emails following my last two posts. Writing those posts entailed marching very deliberately into territory full of hidden sinkholes and memories that go bump in the night, but each of your thoughtful responses was a beam of friendly light, and I’m so glad to be here with you, to be wrestling the heavy issues together. I will get around to responding to your individual messages soon, I promise.

In the meantime, I thought we could all use a dose of levity today, so I’d like to share the cover page of a fan fiction masterpiece Natalie has been working on:

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Yoda’s expression alone is responsible for plunging me into a poorly disguised fit of giggles at church yesterday:


Wary Yoda

Over the next several pages, Pippi Longstocking one-ups Luke Skywalker to an embarrassing degree during Jedi Camp, eventually prompting an exhausted Master Yoda to demand an end to the story… and prompting me to sleep a little easier at night because clearly we’re doing something right here.


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  1. Am reading, just not doing much commenting. Hope to be back up to speed soon, but just wanted to say love to you…your writing…your family…your bravery, your parenting.

  2. I LOVE this. I think Pippi would totally win in a lightsaber dual with LUKE. He had trouble using the force at first, remember?

  3. What a hoot! 🙂 Yoda’s face would crack me up at inappropriate moments too. 🙂

  4. Liz – Thank you, thank you, thank you. It means so much. (I hope to get back up to speed on your blog soon too. Time is such a slippery fish…) xoxo

    Megsie – In the rest of the story, Pippi CREAMS Luke. We don’t have trouble getting the concept of girl power across in this house. 🙂

    Krista – I’m considering taping it to the inside of my Bible so I can open it in front of Daniel when he’s least prepared. 🙂

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