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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Best

The Christmas holidays are wonderful.
For so many reasons.
One of the best for me is that my middle son, Duff, decamps from his bolthole in warm, beautiful, sea-surrounded Courtenay, BC and flies over the mountains to visit us in snowy, land-locked Edmonton, Alberta.
For two precious weeks, we get to visit and play ‘catch-up’.
I love his stories.
This is his most precious...

Middle son’s fondest wish was to be a Dad.
For a short, wonderful while, he was.
To a sweet little five-year old girl whose mother he was dating.
This is his fondest memory…

Duffy was sitting on the couch—feet up on the coffee table, happily absorbed in a video game.
His daughter was snuggled close, watching him and providing a running commentary.
Nature called.
He got up to answer it.
When he came back, his little girl was ‘hidden’.
She had inserted her small self between the rear of the couch and the couch cushions.
In his spot.
Muffled giggles could be heard.
Middle Son wondered aloud, “Well I wonder where Kit could be? I don’t see her anywhere!”
More giggles.
He sat down. “My, this is one lumpy couch. I don’t remember it being this lumpy!”
He wriggled his back against the cushions.
More giggles.
“Oh, well. I guess I’ll just have to live with it.” More wriggling.
And giggling.
Finally a small face appeared. “Dad!”
“Oh, there you are, Kit. I thought I just had a lumpy couch. Hey! You’re in my spot!”
Pure giggles as only a five-year-old-whose-gotten-away-with-something can produce.
It’s a small memory.
Like the little girl who gave it to him.
But most precious.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Wrong

My mom used to write something she called 'crazy rhyme'. It was poetry that rhymed...most of the time.
It drove me crazy.
But today, in memory of Mom on what would be her 96th birthday, I'm trying my own crazy rhyme.
Happy Birthday, Mom!

Oh, and today's theme is "something thats goes fast".
Yikes.

Fast is not a speed I like to go,
In point of fact, I like to take things slow,
But on occasion, I
Have been known to fly,
And look upon the earth way down below.

To get me to a place that's warm and bright,
Ten hours in a plane (from morn till night),
But it's better than (for instance),
If I had to walk the distance,
Cause it would take me roughly a year. Plus finding a way over the water. I mean oh, my word! Am I right?

Cause Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With Poetry, we all besought
To try to make the week begin
With pleasant thoughts
Perhaps a grin?
So all of us together, we
Have crafted poems for you to see.
And when you've read what we have wrought,
Did we help?
Or did we not?

Jenny
Merry Mae
MotherOwl
Mimi

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