Monday, May 4, 2020

For Jane ~ My First Short Story ~ 1948

Jane and I recently talked about - wrote about in emails - my interest in writing, in storytelling. I told her about this, probably my very first short story. I knew I had posted it on my blog a long time ago, so the other day I went looking for it. 

I wrote this story in 1948, when I was eight. Most of the stories I wrote as a child, have to do with exploration, going far away, or in this instance wanting to go deep into the forest. Most kids probably love the idea of stretching their wings, exploring, dreaming of what lies ahead

Many of the fairy tales at that time had to do with going too far into the forest, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, and so on. Reading this, it looks like I had learned that this was not a good idea. I can also see the kind of child I was. I never wanted to make my parents worried. 

I'm smiling as I read it again and find I had no idea that periods are a good for clarity and understanding. 

I like that, at the end of the story, I actually wrote - The End - My initials, IB - And the year - 1948.

Little Lisa Little Anna

Little Lisa lived in a little red house by the edge of the forest. Anna was her best friend, she lived in a small cottage a bit into the forest. Anna and Lisa wanted to go a bit further into the forest, but their mommies and daddies didn't want them to go very far into the forest because there could be very dangerous animals there that they perhaps would think were kind and perhaps they wouldn't come home to mommy and daddy and think how sad that would be if the little girls didn't come home in time for dinner and think if Lisa and Anna would never see mommy and daddy again.

The End. -- IB 1948.


  1. A sad tale... You knew too much! 😳 But I suppose it is like those faery tales of horrible things. I am impressed by your writing ability way back then.

  2. This is a sad tale! So many children's stories are sad and I have always disliked that! You are a good writer and even so back then!

  3. Wow! What a great story! I can just imagine it with illustrations! How special to still have it! Hugs!

  4. What a treasure to have of your first stepping out to create a story. So cute. I have nothing from my childhood I don't think my mom saved things of us kids for when we got older. I never saw anything I created, even after she passed and i went through her belongings. I still have things my kids have done - like the books they created in grade school in the 80's.

  5. I think it is amazing you still have it and thanks so much for letting us in. You had a great imagination and vocabulary for an 8 year old. You also snuck in a moral like any good story teller. Listen to your mom and dad.

  6. What a thoughtful and good little girl you were! You must have had quite a few scary woods stories read to you!

  7. What a wonderful way you wrote then, and still do. When I was a child I had the most beautiful illustrated book " Hansel and Gretel" not sure where it ended up, but I read that so many times.

  8. That is a sweet story and I can tell how caring you are in it because of the way you wrote. I'm glad you kept that story all these years. It was written with wisdom.
    Thanks for sharing. A treasure for sure.
    Hugs, Julia

  9. how LOVELY Inger! I see great feeling in that little story.
    and empathy for other people. and really... for an eight year old...
    down to earth sensibility! I'm go glad you shared it with us. xoxo

  10. Very cute! I bet your mom and dad were thrilled to read it!

  11. I love it. so sweet ... love the printed version by you. and we always wrote The End because all the movies had The End at the The End.

  12. This makes me smile. My granddaughter is the same age now as you were when you wrote this, and it sounds like a story she might tell. Wonderful that you have kept it and can go back and read it after all these years!

  13. Dear Inger, this story is so endearing. It makes me believe that you were well-loved by your parents. So well-loved that you knew how important you were to them. That kind of foundational childhood is to be treasured. Peace

  14. Hi Inger - we had 'all' the fairy stories ... books and books of them - Lang's Fairy Books and others ... I spent hours reading them. I'm sure my imagination wandered ... but I can't remember those thoughts. The one I particularly remember was Struwwelpeter, as too Rumpelstiltskin ... I was never keen on Hansel and Gretel - the gingerbread yes ... the hidden in the woods - no!!!

    As an aside I wonder if Edward Scissorhands was created because of Struwwelpeter ... ?!

    I hope you've had other happy memories of those times ... love the story. Stay safe - Hilary


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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