tonight, while 5 year old niece performs surgery… (a re-post in honour of her upcoming ninth birthday)

on her owl backpack,

“Doctor Vanessa,

she does have blood in her wing

so she’ll be fine.

But there’s no milk

or strawberries

or blue berries.

Or furpleberries…”

“But she’s allergic to furpleberries” I remind her.

“Oh yeah, don’t give her furpleberries”.

Serious silence sinews our thoughts together.


“Dr Vanessa,

I took off her heart

so she won’t be sick anymore.”


“Why, Dr Bailee,

you’re a genius…”


After contemplating the important work we’ve accomplished,

eight year old niece decides we need a song. Her currently favourite song.

(If you are so inclined, please sing and dance with us):



(featured image artwork by Dr Bailee)



43 thoughts on “tonight, while 5 year old niece performs surgery… (a re-post in honour of her upcoming ninth birthday)

    1. saynotoclowns says:

      Aww, I’m glad. I still picture her serious expression and that little purple backpack, it was so cute. Plus, she has a mischievous sense of humour, she’s hilarious. But this time she was being pretty serious when she mentioned the heart thing. ❀


  1. Davy D says:

    Love the writing and the song Vanessa. For some reason this brought back memories of my daughter and the hours we spent watching the Wiggles when she was a child. She’s nearly 19 now but we still sing about Dorothy the Dinosaur. Are they still around?

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    1. saynotoclowns says:

      I’m so glad if it brought back such precious memories.
      And yes, they are still around! And now one of them is a woman. But I am not up on the latest. I think she may be pregnant with a Wiggle baby, but that could just be showbiz talk lol.

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    1. saynotoclowns says:

      I know, right! Talk about child prodigy. πŸ™ƒ

      Thank you! It’s been nice to spend a little time here looking at things after having a break. And to see you here ❀️


  2. ivor20 says:

    Oh Vanessa….your post is wonderfully coincidental…… as I’m here reminiscing my fabulous time over in Philadelphia, a year ago…. To have the joy and rapture of my grand nieces & grand nephews crawling all over me, and laughing and giggling at my fantasy stories from Australia….. the happiness in their eyes are memories that I will cherish forever…..
    Wow… the Srumbellas,… you chose well…. I love their music…… here’s one of my fav’ videos of theirs


    1. saynotoclowns says:

      Hi Ivor! What beautiful memories you have. They’re such precious times, aren’t they?!
      I love your taste in music Ivor! I’m grateful for the things you share, thank you! xo


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