Wet Soap and Plagiarism

Yesterday the grandkids came up for a visit. I love having them up as they are both so bright and entertaining. Emmersyn appears to be a shy petite thing who loves pink and all things that sparkle but this little girl has no fear when it comes to hiking through the woods or getting her hands dirty. The other day, Robert and I put a fish trap in the pond with a chicken leg inside. We wanted to see what fish might be in our two year old waterhole. When the kids pulled the trap out of the water, two tiny bass had found their way in. Emme had no problem playing catch and release. She reached right in the trap and pulled one out with no hesitation and tossed it back in the pond. Later she reached into our deck pond to pet our six year old goldfish, Princess Consuella. When Opa asked her what it felt like she replied with a shrug, “Kind of like wet soap.”

Tyler Haven has a very keen wit about him most likely brought about by all the reading and writing he does. He brought with him some stories he has written lately each bound in a construction paper cover. After reading several stories to us featuring characters like Riddick and Ratchet, I asked him if he knew the name of his style of writing where an author takes other writer’s existing characters and makes up new stories for them. His immediate response with a grin on his face? “Plagiarism!” Following a good laugh by everyone, I explained that it is a genre called “Fan Fiction” or “Fan Fic” and that he should keep up the good work.

We could not be happier about the bonds that are forming between us and the kids and Savannah is loving her role as “Aunt Savannah.” All of this would not be possible if it were not for Jamie. She has done an amazing job raising the kids and we are so grateful for her efforts in keeping this family together. Jamie, you have always held a special place in my heart and I am proud to call you my daughter-in-law as well as my friend. Love you girl!


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

3 responses to “Wet Soap and Plagiarism

  • No One of Consequence

    Well we love having you out here and hope that one day soon you can relocate! I will keep my eyes open! Love you!

  • Jamie

    Oh, and I love you too!!!! XO

  • Jamie

    Thank you, really, so much for everything. We had such a great time up there and can’t wait to come back…hopefully as a permenant placement! Shhh, nothing is set in stone, but I think I’m wearing him down!!! I don’t want to say too much, but the request for more information and options has been, well…requested!!! I told my cousin about our current situation/predicament and she made some very good suggestions that are currently being carried out. Hopefully by the end of summer, things will be underway for a very drastic and (fingers-crossed) wonderful change. Eyes open and ears to the ground everyone, we are house hunting…sorta!!!

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