Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Olive

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A few conversations with Olive, my two and a half year old ...

Dinner conversation #1

Me- Olive, come back to the table and finish your dinner.

Olive- I just have to play with the giraffe for a little bit longer.

Me- Olive, come and eat.

Olive- You're just going to have to be patient mum.

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Dinner conversation #2:

Olive: Mum, do I have cream cheese all over my face?

Me: Yah.

Olive: I said, mum, do I have cream cheese all over my face?

Me: Uh huh.

Olive: Use your words mum.

Me: You want me to say, 'Olive you have cream cheese all over your face?'

Olive: Yes.

Me: Olive, you have cream cheese all over your face.

Olive: Really?

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Olive’s encouragement:

Olive: Can you put on twinkly music mum?

Me: I don't know if I can work daddy's computer.

Olive: You can do it mum!

Me: But I don't think I know the password and ...

Olive: I know you can do it!

Me: I don't even remember if it was on Rdio or Itunes.

Olive: Just give it a try mum! You can do it! I know you can mum!

Me: Okay I'll try ....

She was right
I could get the twinkly music to play from daddy's computer.
All I needed was a little encouragement.

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Olive reading a story to 6 month old Tallulah:

Olive: Once upon a time ... you see the man? He’s a bad man. That’s why they ripped his clothes. Do you see his ripped clothes? And then he turned good.

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Olive on the dead squirrel in the alley we pass every day

Olive: What’s that mum?

Me: A dead squirrel. Don’t go near it.

Olive: Why?

Me: Just don’t.

Olive: I think he went home.

Me: Me too.

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Erin Shields is a playwright and actor who most recently won the Governor General's Award for her play If We Were Birds (Playwrights Canada Press). She is a founding member of Groundwater Productions through which she creates, develops and produces much of her work.

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