My Son’s Little World In One Sentence

You may have heard of the world’s shortest story attributed to Ernest Hemingway. He is said to have written a six-word short story that could make people cry. Whether he actually wrote it or not, I won’t get into here. But, here are the six words:

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never Worn.”

As I sat down to write this blog, I crafted a series of one sentence stories. Some are not six words and they are not aimed at making you cry. Instead, the sentences give you a peak into my son’s little world.

The Sentence: High chair still in use after ten years.

One Sentence Story
Samuel’s High Chair

High Chair Still In Use After Ten Years. Click To Tweet

The story behind the sentence:

Staring at Samuel’s high chair the other day and it dawned on me we have been using it for years. A hint we are not having a typical parenting experience. How many ten year old children do you know who use a high chair?

Why is this device still in use? My little compact boy with a rare form of dwarfism still fits in it. He uses it for meals and teacher time. This gift, purchased by a couple from our church, has seen it’s fair share of use. We even took it with us on our travels to Niagara Falls a few years ago.

Question: When did your child stop using their highchair?

The Sentence: 10-year-old boy uses toddler bed.

One sentence story
Samuel sitting in his big boy bed.
10-year-old boy uses toddler bed. Click To Tweet

The story behind the sentence:

My sweet husband thought Samuel would be ready for a big boy bed. This is a momentous occasion in any boy’s life. Most children experience this milestone when they are three years old or younger as per the website, Baby Center. My son; however, was upgrading many years later. We retired his ten year old crib and now my boy has a toddler bed.

Question: At what age did your child switch to a toddler bed?

The Sentence: Decade old child wears toddler clothes.

One sentence story picture
Cute Boy, Cute Clothes
Decade old child wears toddler clothes. Click To Tweet

The story behind the sentence:

Most children grow out of their clothes in months. For us, it has been years. For the longest time, he has been in size 18 and then size 24 onesies. A growth spurt happened when I wasn’t looking, and now he is in size 3T. Again, not a typical child’s growth instead my son is growing slow motion. So slow, most times I don’t notice. But his clothes do.

The Sentence: Blond haired boy says “Baby” six months after 10th birthday.

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Samuel Babbling
Blond haired boy says “Baby” six months after 10th birthday. Click To Tweet

The story behind the sentence:

Do you remember hearing your child’s first words? Was it “Mama” or “Daddy”. First words in our house are a pretty big deal. In the last few months, my son has been doing something amazing. He has been vocalizing by playing with sounds. And in doing so, he has said, “Mama,” “Daddy” and “Baby.” And though I am not sure he understands the meaning of the words, I’m doing the Momma happy dance.

Question: What was your child’s first word?

Sentence: 24’ tall boy delights audience by clapping hands.

One Sentence Story Picture
Samuel Clapping Hands
24’ tall boy delights audience by clapping hands. Click To Tweet

The story behind the sentence:

My sweet boy is starting to imitate us. How long we have been waiting for this milestone? One thing we have learned is Samuel goes at his own pace. Milestones are years in the making. What is especially delighting about our son clapping and blowing kisses is he now interacts with family and friends by not just smiling but using hand gestures. He is so proud when others squeal in delight by his antics. Did I mention he also enjoys showing off?

Question: How does your child show off? Did he/she hit expected milestones?

Sentence: Bought: Baby shoes. Never walk in. To be used soon.

One Sentence Story picture
Samuel’s Shoes
Bought: Baby shoes. Never walk in. To be used soon. Click To Tweet

The story behind the sentence:

Unlike Hemingway’s six-word story written to make someone cry, this story sentence is full of hope. Indeed, we hope my son will use his baby shoes soon. (Amazingly, he can still fit in his tiny shoes.) He is still a work in progress in taking his first steps. Will he? With as active as he has been lately, I don’t doubt he will.

Question: What is your story sentence? Share it below; I read each one.

By the way, if enjoyed writing your own one story sentence, go to and have some more fun.

Written By: Evelyn Mann

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4 Thoughts on My Son’s Little World In One Sentence

  1. I have 10 children, 8 with special needs, so I have a few here.

    Life is better with the trach/vent.

    She tasted a new food today.

    No hospital admissions in 6 months.

    She sat up on her own at 3 years old.

    That is her happy scream.

    Yes all 10 are mine, Thanks.

    I could go on and on. Lol

    • I laughed at “Yes all 10 are mine. Thanks.” Good job on giving a picture of your world in a few sentences. Fun, isn’t it. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Evelyn

  2. Really inspiring and full of hope. You can see so much joy in these sentences. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m always touched when I read a comment like, “full of hope.” That’s my heart. For these blogs to inspire hope showing nothing is impossible with God and miracles still happen. Thank you for picking up on this theme in my blog. It does this momma’s heart good.

      Blessings, Evelyn


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