One of the great joys of traveling with children is how it can stimulate their God-given creativity. In all the different places we visit, our daughter Paige comes up with some of the most creative scenes and stories. It’s so much fun to see those wheels move when she has a neat idea that pops into her mind.
Paige is planning to submit an application to a prestigious charter school in our area and she wants to include this piece in her future application. We would love to hear your feedback so that she can continue to improve her writing. 🙂
Without further ado, here are the wonderful stories that she came up with during our recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden.
A Rainbow in Stockholm
Red is for the gnomes we found on a tree outside the Nordic Museum in Stockholm. This is a story about gnomes in my world. They would ride unicorns to get to their tree houses and climbed on top of the trees to mark their territory so that squirrels would not collect the nuts they gathered from the trees. They would regularly swing and chill in the tree houses they created. In the evenings, the gnomes would look outside of their tree houses at the Nordic Museum to spy on the strange human beings.
Orange is for the street art in the alleyway of Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm. Once again, another story from my imagination. There were once four frogs. One day, they decided to spraypaint all of the walls of Stockholm. They picked the color orange because it reminded them of their favorite food: tomato, basil, and fly stew. Yum! Unfortunately, one day, when they were spraypainting the walls of Gamla Stan, Police Officer Krystoff arrested them. They were put in jail and had to eat whole grain fly cereal with 100% fiber in every meal! The frogs were miserable and had diarrhea all week. They contemplated whether it was worth it to spraypaint the walls of Stockholm.
Yellow is for the Swedish flag on the cruise ship outside Vaxholm. Once upon a time, there was an ambitious little mouse. He found a Swedish flag by accident and decided to mark his claim by sticking the flag in Vaxholm. Unfortunately, it was mistakenly staked on a cruise ship instead of the land of Vaxholm. As the ship started sailing, the mouse mourned, “Noooooo! My beloved Vaxholm is no longer mine!”
Green is for the lush green of Birka, the Viking City of Sweden. One day, a girl named Paige (hint: It’s me!) planted 16 trees on a lush green field of grass. She wanted to build a swing but realized that the trees were not tall enough to hang a swing on yet. Then, a magical dragon appeared to grant her one wish. She said, “I want roller skates, a dolly, and a pony! Just kidding! Can I have a magic potion that will make my trees grow overnight?” The dragon granted her wish. The trees grew over night, she built a swing on the tree and lived happily ever after in Birka with her mommy, daddy, and her bunny named Krystoff.
Blue is for the origami cranes that we saw in the Nobel Museum. Once upon a time, there was a pigeon named Jeff. He needed a bath badly. So, he decided to go to the bathtub. Pigeons are only allowed to take a bath for an hour, but when he overdid it, he started feeling funny, and light. Jeff was drowning in the bath tub! He flew out of the bath tub immediately. It was then that Jeff realized that he could fly as a paper crane! Although Jeff enjoyed flying, he missed being a pigeon. Since he was a mad scientist, he decided to make a machine that will turn himself back into a pigeon. When he tried using the machine, he found that it was actually turning cheese into cupcakes! Even though he never turned back into a pigeon, he won the Nobel piece prize for his amazing invention and creativity.
Indigo is for the engineers and construction workers that are part of the Metro Art in the Stockholm Central Station. One day, the 11 construction workers in the Central Station thought, “how can we have fun with our job if we don’t have creativity?” So they worked hard to make a circular sapphire geode Cathedral that is designed for animals to worship. Within one year, all of the animals came to know God and learned something new each day from the Bible. They were grateful that the construction workers decided to build the Cathedral so they can learn more about God.
Violet is for the beautiful sunset at the archipelago islands of Stockholm. Once upon a time, there was no purple! On the island there lived a red platypus and a blue platypus. They were married and had a baby platypus in the most unusual color. Purple! His name was Purple Peter the Platypus. The moment he ate a fish, everything around him turned purple as well! It was an amazing sight! The water, sky, and mountains all turned purple. He was giddy with joy as he sang a self composed song — “I Am Purple Peter.”