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A Little Girl’s Book of Poshens

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Everyone knows kids look at the world through the magical lens of youth, but some of them document what they see.

As a kid I was a poshen maker, too, so I was able to withstand the adorableness unharmed when a friend of mine posted pictures of her 6yo daughter’s book of potions…ehem “Poshens”. I delighted in the ingredients, the markings and abbreviations, and especially the helpful accompanying illustrations.

When I ask asked if I could share them here, she gave me the green light. Not like the Avada Kedavra killing curse kind of green light, but the non-lethal heck yeah kind. As an aside, I told her she needed to patent her daughter. Papers are pending.

So! Let’s take a peak at the world of enchantments, mystical spelling and dead bugs through the written record of a little girl.

Potion #1

Little Girls Book of Potions Poshens

      put the salt in 2eckned | milk in  /////////Sevent
      put the mashed bananna therd ants in ///////    fifth

      fliys in  //////// ferth dirt in ferst t.b.o. papper
      in    sicksth   thered in aeth

      Poshen numer ///// 1#
1) Add dirt
2) Add salt
3) Add mashed banana
4) Add flies
5) Add ants
6) Add T.B.O. paper [tiny bits of]
7) Add milk
8) Add thread

The 2, 7, 3, 5, 4, 1, 6, 8 sequence of steps for this advanced potion is most likely a magical trick of numbers, to prevent amateur potion brewers from potentially blowing themselves up or turning Princes into tacky lawn ornaments. Or it’s simply that people who can fly around in the sky on broomsticks aren’t overly concerned with boring things like counting, maybe.

Potion #2

Little Girls Book of Potions Poshens

      milk in ferst smooshed butter  therd
      hamster hay secent  dead annts forth

      Poshen number ///2#
1) Add milk
2) Add hamster hay
3) Add smooth butter
4) Add dead ants
5) Add dead flies

WARNING: Do not try this at home. Or make it and try to feed it to anyone or anything living in your home or outside of it. The effects of this potion are hopefully still unknown, but judging from the yummy/yucky ratio of ingredients in the recipe, it’s probably very magically powerful, or it will make you puke. One or the other. Magic works that way sometimes.

Well. Even if you grew up and decided that magic isn’t really real, I hope you tried not to lose your sense of wonder and whimsy. Or, failing that, that at least your own kids give you a refresher. Though, that doesn’t mean you should EVER drink a potion offered to you by a kid. Not even a single friggin’ sip. Trust me. Even if that stuff was actually magic, it’ll still be naaaaaasssty.

Our Facebook Page doesn’t require you to eat dirt or dead flies. Or even living ones!

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7 Responses to “A Little Girl’s Book of Poshens”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    That’s adorable

  2. Christina says:

    Love it. What’s better than a glimpse into a kid’s imagination?

    Other than, perhaps, listening to them belly laugh or getting to hear them singing.

  3. Angie says:

    This is adorable. I need to force myself to make some time to listening to my kids’ magical stories.

  4. Rose says:

    She’s so cute! I love her! Though I must say I’m happy that my little girls stick to making me hot chocolate, vanilla hot chocolate with no chocolate, cookies, pies, cakes, etc out of the various ingredients foraged in our yard. At least I know the effects of its consumption.

  5. Jo says:

    Oh come on…where’s your sense of adventure?!?!? LOL I’l give ya a dollar????

  6. Larry says:

    This is great! I think your daughter will make a wonderful witch. Just kidding.

  7. Emma says:

    I used to make potions as a little girl too! But instead of writing down creative ingredient recipes, I would just go through my mum’s bathroom cupboards and/or the kitchen and pour a little bit of everything into a bottle and label it. Eventually I had 15-20 assorted bottles of surely highly toxic concoctions innocuously labeled “love potion” or “potion #19” or whatnot. Definitely, DEFINITELY, do not try any potion found at my house! I don’t think my mum knew quite what I was doing, otherwise she surely wouldn’t have stood for so many easily accessible poisons within my/my younger sister’s reach!

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