My monkeys have been teaching me
a rock dance
I am going to make the costume
a bit big
in case I am sick.
If I was sick
you could paint your face
and pretend to be me.
You could change your voice
into a beautiful voice
I will teach you the moves.
Just bend your knees a bit.
You have to bend your knees anyway!
You can take my replacement.
The costume might be a bit small
but I promise it will fit you comfortably.
Advice and coaching from Ruby, aged 5
I should never be sick
’cause we have Healthy Things
They’re little tiny small things
and they’re a lion. Here, I’ll draw one for you.
There are arrows pointing to their tummy,
with skin dots, pale, very hard to see.
You should always have one a day
so you don’t get sick.
Well, I’ve got the hiccups inside my tummy
so I should have had more.
They taste like — how can I describe it?
Say you were cooking a Healthy Thing
and you just needed two ingredients:
an orange and some salt.
You squeeze out the juice and mix it up,
pour it into a salt bowl
and it turns into a a Healthy Thing.
Hm, how can I describe it?
It tastes like lemon with sour salt.
They’re called Healthy Things
because they’re Healthy
and because they’re Things.
Advice from Ruby, aged 4 or 5
OK, nail me down.
Tenderize the I-steak
of my spine.
Melt me to champagne again
again, again, again.
We’re going to play
the game of one cat one kitten
You’ll need to be
a lot of characters,
because Gloria won’t understand.
You’ll have to be my Mum.
I’ll say, can I learn how to cook?
And you’ll teach me.
And I’ll run away
because the Mum’s food is yukky
— we won’t say gross.
You pretend to lie on the road
and be a kitten.
I find you and make you my pet.
The more time you spend writing this down,
the less time we have
to play the game.
Game invented by Ruby, aged 4 or 5
Why do you not like her?
She used to not like you
but now you don’t like her.
She used to problem solve.
Her powers helped her problem solve.
But she gave her powers
to her friends.
Whenever they want to play
with barbies, “Pooh!
We don’t want to play with you,
Kyoko and our babies
used to problem solve.
They say, “Bake me. Bake me.
Eat me if you can.”
From a story told by Ruby, aged 4 or 5 or 6
Do not fear
to be sincere.
Do not give
the shove to love.
You sometimes feel like breathing
but it’s best not to
Once you start breathing,
you have to keep going
and your throat just gets sore.
If that happens, there are two things
you can do. The first thing is,
you can have a drink of water
and it goes away and it’s perfect again.
The second thing you can do to fix it
is, you can go “Aahaa, aahaa”.
I’m the only person
who goes “Aahaa, aahaa”.
I hardly even breathe, ever.
Just now and then, like this.
From a conversation with Ruby, aged 4 or 5