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A Mother's Work  by Dreamflower 16 Review(s)
Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2013
Primula just smiled and watched her two children--husband and son--playing so nicely with the other lads.

People, especially older ladies, keep telling me I'll find that when my fiance and I are married and we have a child, I'll really have two children! I kept thinking of that while I was reading this! Little Frodo is sooo cute! :D

Author Reply: Well, "people" are exactly right! Right up until my son left home, every single Christmas I would put a bag of cheap toy soldiers in both my husband and my son's stocking, and they would spend the afternoon playing with them.

After our son got older, the my husband and I would pick names from an "Angel Tree", and I would get a gift for a girl, and he'd pick one out for the boy. One year he was so taken with the toy he bought that after we packed it up and dropped it off to the Salvation Army, I went back and bought him the exact same toy--it was his favorite gift that year.

I had fun writing little Frodo, LOL! (Especially with that gap in his teeth.)

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/14/2007
LOL! That is only too true. Boys and their toys - never changes no matter how old they get. And let's face it, these were rather appealing toys! I loved Frodo's bemused reaction to the theft of his toys and Gilda's, Esme's and Primula's reactions were perfect.

Author Reply: It really doesn't. We females aren't too different, with our own "toys", but we are a lot less blatant about it, LOL! And we don't usually swipe them from the kids! (And our "toys" often don't look like play.) I'm glad you think they were appealing though--I'd love to have such a thing myself, actually.

Poor little Frodo--if it had been other kids, he'd probably have asserted himself sooner, but when it was his father and uncles, he wasn't quite sure how to deal with it. Mum to the rescue!

And of course, Gilda and Primula had seen it before, I'm sure. And Esme had a new side to her husband revealed!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/13/2007
Little Frodo was adorable, ssssspitting at everyone – particularly Mac should have known better than to tease him so.

When Frodo started unpacking the box and all the adults joined in, I nearly ended up in hysterics. Oh yes, that is so typical! Many years ago, I visited a friend, and she showed me a large model railway construction (is that the right word?) and asked if I knew what it is. I said a bit perplexed „A model railway, of course“ and she shook her head and corrected: „The plaything of my father!“
And the hubby of a friend of my mother gifted his son parts of a similar construction to have himself something to play with *grin* They do never truly grow up.

Author Reply: Somehow, I think, even knowing better, Mac would have teased! LOL!

You are bang-on about the toys of course, which is what makes it all so funny.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/13/2007
Men never really buy toys for kids - the number of Christmases that go by with children watching television while their dads assemble the gifts and try to ward off their sons. I love the conclusion here - of course they can't play properly without their lisping burglar!

Author Reply: LOL! Don't I know it! After our son grew up and left home, my husband and I decided to do an Angel Tree child at Christmas (I don't know if you have that in the UK--retailers put up a tree in the store, with the names, ages and wishes, of disadvantaged children. You choose one or more to purchase a new gift for. It's administered by the Salvation Army.) Anyway, we'd "adopt" one girl and one boy--I'd get to pick out the girl's gift, and he'd get to pick out the boy's.

The first year we did it, he was so taken with the gift we picked--a toy truck, with a trailer, that contained a motorcycle and a fishing boat. He *had* to take it out of the package, to "make sure it worked", LOL! And he looked so forlorn when I wrapped it up to take to the donation point! So, of course, I went out and bought him the exact same rig for *his* Christmas. He loved it--can you imagine? And he kept it out to look at and play with, until he finally ended up giving it to one of our grandsons a few years ago. And a couple of Christmases ago, I just flat out got him a remote control car...

InklingReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/12/2007
Oooh, "The Hobbit" action figures! If that poor movie ever gets made, I suppose we'll be seeing some of these, though not so nice as Dwarven-made! This was charming--I especially liked Mac; he doesn't often get good scenes. And Frodo's lisp and spitting on everyone...loved it!

Have a lovely Mother's Day, my dear!

Author Reply: *snerk* "Action figures"! Of course, that's exactly what they *were*, LOL!

I'd never written Mac very much until recently--I credit Lily for bringing him to the forefront of my mind lately.

And don't you know, Frodo *had* to lose those baby teeth sometimes. And while "baby-talk" in fics often irritates me when overdone, I just melt at little kids who lisp.

You too, dear!

elanor winterflowersReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2007
What a wonderful box! I would be down playing too!

Author Reply: So would *I*!!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2007
Oh this is marvellous, and so true to life! They never grow up, do they?
Loved Primula reminding them tactfully that it was Frodo's gift, and the ladies rolling their eyes at their excited menfolk. What a thoughtful gift from Bilbo - he'd have enjoyed being there I'm sure.

I went to a model train fair once and although the children enjoyed it, it was the Dads who were most enthusiastic.

Author Reply: The "train" thing is exactly what I had in mind; as well as the fact that to this day, I put a little sack of cheap plastic toy soldiers in my husband's Christmas stocking, LOL! When my son was little, almost every Christmas morning had the two of them on the floor with those toy soldiers...

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2007
Ooh Frodo with a lisp is so sweet even if the effects are not. And boy and their toys! Great stuff just so long as I can join in too. I used to tease my brother unmercifully about his 'action man' dolls!

Author Reply: I think kids that age lisping are adorable. I just couldn't resist giving him one.

"Action figures" vs. "dolls"--my son would pitch a fit if we called his "dolls"! LOL!

ElemmírëReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2007
Forgot one thing .... I WANT TO PLAY TOO!!!!

Author Reply: I think there's lots of room on the hearth, dear!

ElemmírëReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2007

This is just sooo very true! What is it with boys and their toys??? It reminds me of my uncle ... anytime one of us kids or now his grandchildren got something cool HE'S the one on the floor playing with it first! LOL!

That is such the perfect Bilbo-ish gift. Perhaps he didn't wish to have the spiders included ... maybe Frodo's not into bugs yet.

I cimply love how you have all the grown lads stepping in to play, Primula reminding them of whose toy it really is, and then Frodo dictating his imagination to the lot. I certainly hope that each lad got to play with his favorite character in the story and no fighting ensued. LOL!

And your Drogo is a teasing Drogo too!! :) I personally just can't picture him any other way, whether he be teasing Frodo or Primula.

It was very nice indeed to come home after work and find such a sweet story to read! :D

Author Reply: Well, I thought perhaps they just didn't get around to the spiders, yet. But I'm sure the "lads" will find something makeshift to use for spiders--the salt and pepper shakers, maybe?

I imagine Drogo as being a bit like Bilbo--in my Shire, Bilbo was Drogo's teacher, so he would have had a lot of influence on him, I think.

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