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I Didn’t Do It

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My toy bumble bee is broken. I don’t know how it happened, but one thing I know for sure is – I didn’t do it. Mom said, “What’s this?” and “Did you rip your new toy?” and “Why are you naughty?” and I said (inside my head), “My bumble bee’s leg.” and “I don’t think so.” and “I don’t really know what naughty means.” (I do of course, but I can’t help it.)

When Mom goes to her writing group named DavidLaurieandOtherDavid, they always ask her questions like, “Whose story are you telling?” and “What is this character thinking?” and “Is this enough conflict?” and Mom says, “I’m not sure.” and “I don’t know.” and “I don’t really know what conflict means.” (She does, of course, but she doesn’t like it.)

The problem is – once she starts writing a story, the characters take over and start doing things and saying things and thinking things that Mom can’t control. So when one of her characters does something odd or boring or out of sequence or simplistic, Mom says, “I didn’t do it.” And she’s telling the truth! The problem is – she is the one who has to fix it.

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I wonder if she can fix my bumblebee…..

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Comments on: "I Didn’t Do It" (72)

  1. And the moral of the story here is that you’re a character!

  2. Cupcake, one of Trev’s first toys was a bumble bee whom we affectionately called…Bumbles!!!! Too cute as always Cupcake…love the bandana!!!!

  3. Of course you didn’t do it Cupcake!! S.O.D (Some Other Doggy) did! He is very tricksy and you have to keep your eye on him at all times otherwise he’ll do things like break toys and eat the carpet and dig holes in the pretty flower beds and blame YOU!!

    I’m sure your mom will be able to put Bumble Bee together again 🙂

    Wally & Sammy

  4. It’s alright Cupcake, he won’t need that leg he’s got wings 🙂 BOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. You wouldn’t have done that, we will back you up! We won’t be around for a while, Cupcake, but we will visit as soon as we get back. Don’t get up to too much mischief!

  6. Poor Cupcake….and poor bumblebee….know what? I think that bee is going to be JUST as much fun to play with even if your Mom can’t figure out how to reattach that antennae! I really do…..it’s still quite “tossable” and “biteable” even with that thing OFF.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  7. I dunno Cupcake. I think that bumblebee would be much happier without those legs anyway!

  8. I hope your mum is better at mending broken toys than typist – she currently has 4 sat on top of the kitchen cupboards waiting fixing!!

  9. Those legs were just weighing him down Cuppycake!
    You should enter this pic in my contest:-)

    • You’re right, M. 6 legs is 2 legs too many! Now he can fly high. Mom is looking for a contest picture, but she’ll use this one if she doesn’t find a naughtier one.

      Love and licks,
      C

  10. Poor Cupcake! Being called naughty for something you clearly couldn’t have done! With such a sweet face, how could you ever have pulled Bumble’s leg right off? It’s clearly the manufacturer’s fault. Couldn’t they have attached the leg a wee bit more tightly? 😉

  11. He now has 2 legs (lower body), be glad, you made him normal!

  12. Oh great you can make a BBQ… grilled bumble bee legs… I’ll bet they are yummy :o)

  13. Wasn’t Bumble Bee depressed lately? I think you should began to take his suicidal tendencies seriously and ask your mom to buy a girl bumble bee for him on the spot.

  14. Oh no, time for the Bumble to head to the pet hospital! Our pet hospital is always full with patients! We tell our Mommy all the time that “we didn’t do it”, but I think she is on to us! LOL

  15. Tennis balls are the best, Cupcake.

  16. Linus ignores toys for the most part. I seriously think he would write his own blog if I let him though! Lol lol

  17. What’s a toy if you can chew on it and tear it a part. Boy can I identify with your Mom — when the characters take over and write, I don’t have all the answers. Only in the revisions. Nice that you have a group.

  18. I often can’t tell whether it’s me or Gizmo talking…I seem to go back and forth and wonder whether my reader gets confused…It’s something I do think about…PS I’m sure momz can fix that bumblebee for you Cupcake…just ask nicely

  19. That poor bumble bee. It sounds like he has some self-destructive tendencies because I know you wouldn’t hurt anything Cupcake. You’re perfect like me.

  20. Toys will be toys. 😉
    Mom can fix anything – from bees to books.

    • Ha! Toys will be toys! I love it. I’m losing hope for the repair, though. One by one the legs are going in the garbage. Soon the bee will be a sausage with a head. I like sausage…

      Love and licks,
      C

  21. I feel for you Cupcake. I don’t like appendages on my toys and feel the need to get rid of them. Those things like legs and noses and ears get in the way. Nothing naughty about fixing up your possessions like you like them!

  22. LOL it is the funny thing about writing. You start with a plot in your head but once you start writing the characters create themselves and the storyline moves in a direction you didn’t anticipate. 🙂 Mom’s right, she didn’t do it!

  23. Oh no! This kind of reminds me of the bumble bee from best in show, the weimaraner needed his bee to perform! aww so cute, you will have to find another one! Hugs leah and kirby

  24. I bet your mom can fix anything, Cupcake… she’s the bees knees 🙂

  25. I’m sure it wasn’t your fault, Cupcake! That leg looks a bit flimsy to me.

  26. Oh, poor Mr. Bumblebee…I bet your mom can fix him right up, Cupcake. Now we need to think of a good trap to catch whatever naughty creature broke Mr. Bumblebee’s leg! 😉

  27. Heh. Pawsome. It really was the bumblebee’s fault, I’ll bet.

  28. oh Cupcake, I am sure your bumble bee can be repaired….maybe easier than it is for your Mummy to repair her characters when they act out…heh…heh

  29. snoopys@snoopysdogblog said:

    I hope your Mom was able to fix bumble bee, cos I can’t imagine how you would handle the needle, thread and that skinny bee leg?! And by the way I totally believe you had nothing to do with bumble bees predicament! 🙂

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  30. Cupcake… the collies say it dont need that leg it has another!!! LOL

  31. It’s not your fault Cupcake – bumblebees are notoriously fragile. It always amazes me how they can fly. Your one probably crash landed! 🙂

  32. Cupcake, of course you didn’t do it. I think the Bee landed with the wrong leg… 😀

  33. Awww Cupcake! Hope your mommy can fix it for you 🙂 If not, I’m sure she’ll buy you another one 😉 No worries! I hope your mom can fix her characters too…maybe you can help? 🙂

  34. Cupcake, your Mom has found her best character in you. Sorry about bumble, but who needs a tail anyway. Lulu and Sofie say toys are more fun when they are in pieces!

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