It’s Not All Mary Poppins


For those of you who are missing Arthur stories, here are a few from the draft file:

Arthur sits on the floor, reading Calvin and Hobbes with Darcy. The boys discuss the pictures, and every so often Arthur will ask, “What’s this word, Mary?” He never wants to know the plot; he’s disinterested in the dialogue, just picks out the occasional word at random. It takes me a few repetitions to see that there is in fact a pattern: Arthur is asking about all the words that look


Even in print, the boy likes loud.

Arthur: Mary, I want to say something to you.
Mary: Well, Arthur, I don’t want to listen right now.
Arthur: [pause] Well, I’ll just say it, then.

And, for the true Mary’s place afficianado, here’s an Arthur-and-Darcy:

Arthur: I love you, Darcy.
Darcy: I love you, too, Arthur.
Arthur: I love you, Darcy.
Darcy: I heard you the first time, Arthur.
Arthur: I love you, Darcy.
Darcy: Arthur! If you don’t stop that, I won’t love you any more!

© 2006, Mary P

July 14, 2006 - Posted by | Arthur, Darcy


  1. “I don’t want to listen”

    “okay, I’ll just say it then”

    That kid cracks me up!

    Comment by Kristen | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  2. “Arthur! If you don’t stop that, I won’t love you any more!”

    Oh, DARCY!

    I wonder if I can order one just like him when I have kids. 😉

    Comment by Sassy Student | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  3. You could creat a whole comic strip around Arthur! Thanks for the memories.

    Comment by twoboysmom | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  4. What a great post. the things kids say is enough to brighten anyones day.

    Comment by Nanny Louise | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  5. Too funny!
    Arthur is just hilarious! Let’s all hope he doesn’t lose that personality as he grows!

    Comment by appleseed | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  6. I’ve been missing Arthur and Darcy. The two of them make a great team.

    Comment by Granny | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  7. I’m glad you posted these-a person needs weened off of things such as this…I can’t go cold turkey ya know.

    Comment by kimmyk | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  8. arthur is a riot!!

    Comment by kyra | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  9. Ooohhhh, I love these stories – YES, I DO!!!

    Comment by Jennifer | July 15, 2006 | Reply

  10. I could see Calvin and Hobbes going back and forth like that. It would have to end with Hobbes sticking out his tongue at Calvin, who is frustrated beyond belief.

    Comment by Andrew | July 15, 2006 | Reply

  11. Kristen: Yup. Conversation as a two-way street is a concept that has thus far largely eluded our Arthur. Just so long as there’s a warm body in the presence of his verbiage…

    Sassy: That’s how Haley feels, too. “I want one of THESE!”, she’ll say as she holds him on her lap. LOL

    Twoboysmom: Yes, I could. The kids who make good copy for comic strips are often not the kids you’d want in your home 24/7 – but great to read about! 😉

    Nanny Louise: Aren’t they great? One of the best things about the job is the laughter.

    Appleseed: He makes good copy, that’s for sure. I’m not sure what it would be like to be married to a man like that, though…

    Granny: They certainly do! I have the potential for another great team in Nigel and Ki-woon, but, sadly, Ki-woon is only for the summer. Nigel is turning out to be a mischievous tease, and Ki-woon is a very loving, easy-going kid with a ready smile. The two of them together are priceless.

    Kimmyk: Yah! Lucky for you I got lazy yesterday and just hunted around in my WordPerfect files for old stories!

    Kyra, Jennifer: Everyone loves Arthur stories. Who knows what the next batch o’tots will bring? We’ll have to wait and see how their characters emerge!

    Andrew: Hello, and welcome! Oh, Arthur has done that to the other kids from time to time. Yes, indeed. Here’s another such story that springs to mind.

    Comment by Mary P. | July 15, 2006 | Reply

  12. oh, I didn’t even notice I was missing them until you posted that! I think you should recycle soem greatest hits once in a while if things are slow. They were jsut so darn entertaining.

    Comment by kittenpie | July 15, 2006 | Reply

  13. I admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for Arthur, even through my short time reading here. You know why? I think I was just like him! (bag over my head)

    Maya’s likely going to be much the same, but as a parent who “gets” her (my parents were very tempermentally different from me), I will ensure she learns earlier than I did how to not. annoy. people. quite. so. much. God only knows how many friends I could’ve had as a kid if I hadn’t been trying so hard!

    Comment by Alli | July 17, 2006 | Reply

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