While other dads go off to work, my dad stays home, because he’s a writer. He writes lots of plays, but he’s written a few books too. I’m not allowed in his office while he’s working though. Dad would get lost in his work, but mom makes sure he comes to supper with us every night.
“Alan, it’s time to eat. Stop clacking on that typewriter and get out here before supper gets cold. You can start working again in the morning.”
Mom’s words start my favorite part of the day, because I know dad will now spend time with us. After supper, we all sit in the parlor and listen to the radio for a while. Mom knits and dad smokes his pipe, while I just sit on the floor and listen. Soon it’s time for bed. Mom gives me a kiss and tucks me and Pooh bear in. Dad then comes in and tells me a story. I love his stories, because they are all about me and my friends. He never reads out of a book, though I’ve heard him tell mom that he might start writing his stories down. That would be great, because other children could then enjoy his stories too.
As I drift off to sleep, I think of all the adventures I’m going to have in my dreams.
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