Author Jennifer Weiner discusses daughter's choice in stories

04/11/2008 at 09:35 AM ET

Jennifer_weinerAuthor Jennifer Weiner, 38, (In Her Shoes, Good In Bed, Little Earthquakes) shared her daughter Lucy Jane‘s, 5 next month, reading interest. Jennifer and her husband Adam Bonin, 35, also have daughter Phoebe Pearl, 4 months. Apparently, Lucy is very fond of stories where negative things occur.

My daughter Lucy is obsessed with stories where bad things happen. Other kids might love tales of beautiful princesses, fire-breathing dragons, battles and castles and happily-ever-after. Lucy just wants stories where someone throws up or breaks a leg. Or throws up on a broken leg.

Her absolute favorite? The Tale of the Broken Parking Meter.

Click below to read the full Tale of the Broken Parking Meter.

"Tell me about the time you got a parking ticket," she’ll beg.

"Oh please," I’ll say. "Not that again."

"Tell it! Tell it! Tellittellittellit!"

"Okay. It was a Monday afternoon. We were driving to yoga. I saw a parking spot on the street, and I said…"

"What a perfect parking spot!"

"Right. So I parked the car, but when I got out to feed the meter, I saw that the meter was broken."

"So then what did you do?"

"I made a sign that said METER BROKEN, PLEASE DON’T TICKET and I put it underneath the windshield."

Lucy starts chortling. "That was a big mistake!"

"Right you are. So you went to yoga, and I went to the coffee shop, and when we got back to the car…"

"There was a PARKING TICKET!"

"Too true."

"You should have put the sign on the METER, not on the CAR!"

I don’t know why she thinks this is so funny. I’m hoping it’s some sort of developmental phase that she’ll pass through quickly. I’m also amused that she’s such a city kid that she A., takes yoga; B., is completely fluent in the language of parking meters and parking tickets, and C., can hail a taxi without thinking twice. When I was her age, I think I’d only ever seen taxis and parking meter on "Sesame Street."

Source: Jennifer Weiner blogspot

Thanks to CBB reader Lisa.


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Jeanette on

I love Jennifer Weiner and her daughter sounds hilarious!! I love kids with such defined personalities. What a great little anecdote.

Harley on

That is too adorable! Jeanette I couldn’t agree more about the defined personality that some children have. It’s a beautiful thing and it keeps you guessing through their life what they’ll do when they grow up because of it🙂

Christine on

To funny! My boys prefer books and movies with “bad guys” in it. Aladin… they prefer Jafar. Toy Story… they like Zurg. And so on.🙂

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