My son Hallam has started his own blog. It’s all about two stuffed animals he’s had for as long as any of us can remember, who go by the names of Fred (who is a blue monster) and Squirrel (who is a squirrel.) These were originally hand puppets that I would put on and animate with silly voices, but he has long since grown too old for that. At some point they were reincarnated as smaller stuffed toys, which was weird – kind of like when Barbara Belle Geddes left Dallas and was replaced with another actress… the same, only different. And with nowhere to put your hand.
Anyway, these two characters have now most definitely acquired a life all of their own. They are the outlet for much of Hallam’s creative impulses. He paints them, draws them, and writes books about them. He’s even made a couple of movies about them. His friends at school love them, and he has been called upon to tell stories in front of the rest of the class from time to time. Shy and retiring wall-flower that he is (see title), he’s always happy to oblige.
And now he has a blog about them. If you have a moment, please visit his new site, and feel free to leave an encouraging comment.