While I am finally pursuing my first love, writing for children, I still make a living as a "filmmaker". I put that word in quotes because film as a medium is no longer involved in my process (or in most moviemaking processes at this point). I also use quotes because on occasion I shoot corporate work, which is as close to filmmaking as doing an excel spreadsheet is to being a mathematician.
Yesterday was one such day when I was being a "filmmaker". I shot 18 interviews over 10.5 hours in a boardroom (while sneaking in a few sketches and some PiBoIdMo brainstorming here and there). At the end of this long day, ready to relax, I discovered that someone had smashed the driver side mirror on my CRV. Money made, money lost: the joys of freelancing.
But fret not. That is as much complaining as I'll do here, because...
When I got home I was immediately embraced by my 3.75 year old daughter, Leigha. She wanted to play pirates with me, and look for "bloons". Now, there's two things you need to know about the word "bloons" before I go on. Firstly, my daughter means "doubloons", a word she instantly became obsessed with after watching "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" for the first time. Secondly, I have been obsessed with that same word for 30 years because of these guys:
It has been a joy beyond description to watch my daughter hone in on the sounds of words just like her dad does. "Doubloons" (or "bloons") is a doubly wonderful word because it sounds beautiful to my ear, and because...TREASURE! Who doesn't love treasure?
To top off a very long and eventful day, I watched as my daughter laid claim to my belt and, having wrapped it around a lunchbox, used it to transport her pixie dust around the house, Finally, she fell asleep with said belt curled up like a timid snake and pressed against her chest.
Love, imagination, words, play, presence: these are all reasons why being a dad is the greatest thing in the world. And they are also the reasons I write for children.