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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Old. And Counting

A poem.
Because it's Sunday.
And Dad's been telling stories again . . .

Daddy. Eighty eight and still counting . . .

Great Gramma and her Little Bean
Had the greatest day you’ve ever seen.
They’d talked and laughed, played games – all sorts,
Built puzzles and a blanket fort.

Played Lego, making things just right,
Baked treats and had a pillow fight.
Played knights and forts, read stories, too,
Dressed up, and sang. (To name a few.)

Then, happily exhausted, they
Decided to slow down the day.
Great Gramma’s Little Bean and she
Were nestled down quite snug-i-ly.

Then LB stroked Great Gramma’s hair,
And to her own, she did compare,
“Yours is white!” said the little girl,
Gently touching her own curls.

Then the soft, plump hand the lines did trace,
That clearly showed on Gramma’s face.
“You’re old,” she said, with honesty.
“You’re so much older, Gram, than me!”

Great Gramma smiled, as Grammas do,
And touched the lines she too well knew,
She said, “The things you say are true,
I’ve lived a lot more years than you!”

“I’m four,” said Little Bean with pride.
And a grin that went from side to side.
“I’m eighty-six,” Great Gramma said.
She sighed. “Somewhere ‘tween birth . . . and dead.”

Then LB tipped her head askew,
And grappled with this thought so new.
And then she said, when she was done,
“Great Gramma, did you start at one?”

20 comments:

  1. A profound concept for a little girl.

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  2. That little poem brought tears to my eyes.

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    1. The best compliment of all! Thank you, Delores!

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  3. So darling and just how I feel lately…somewhere 'tween birth and dead!

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    1. Me, too! Especially after a day spent with one of my grandkids! :)

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  4. Beautiful poem and I love the ending!

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  5. Such beautiful natural interaction between a grandmother and her grandchild. Perfect sentiment for poetry.

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  6. When my oldest granddaughter turned 6, Gramma told her that Poppa was going to turn 60 on his next birthday. 'Gramma, that's old,' Bridgit responded. 'That's even older than my other poppa.'
    Thanks, I needed that.

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  7. I love this so much. Makes me wish I'd known my grandparents.

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  8. So sweet, and a very smart question from one so young.

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    1. Little Bean is obviously from good stock!

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    2. Diane, please wish your dad a late happy birthday from an internet fan of his stories :)

      I got carried away with the poem and kinda missed the main point!

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    3. I will! And what a lovely compliment - you got carried away!

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  9. I really loved this piece of poetry; it touched my heart. I am in that great grandma stage and it is so sweet........A precious picture of your Dad's birthday; I loved it.
    Blessings!

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