wherever you go, go with all your heart. – confucius

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by day’s end

my three daughters

will be

on three different continents

africa, australia, america (north)

and i

will be

like the moon

quietly

looking over

each of them

with light

and pride.

You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets

and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

- Samuel Johnson

image credit: nasa.gov

the only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – albert einstein

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longs drugs 1938

stopped by

a local independent pharmacy

with a name that ends in ”II”

even though

they have no store with “I”

after its name

and

fell into a time warp

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i was

in an old five and dime and drug store

both rolled into one

the aspirin

and many other things

looked like

they had been there for ages

with a slight yellow tint to them

 some

were the only ones

left on the shelves

time stood still

in that little store

nothing had changed

in years

it had slipped

through the cracks

and then

i looked closer

and

 saw the rest

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there were

tiny glass animals

 titanic coloring book

wild buck notecards

men’s dress socks

magic tricks

meercat attack animal warning signs

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chocolate milk

grill mitts

mermaid activity books

comfortable chairs for waiting at the pharmacy

golden books

necco wafers

animal suction cup toothbrush holders

a metal cigarette box

with an exotic woman on it

saying

‘i stole your boyfriend’

face powder

 ceramic neon sandal

fax service

 how to tie nautical knots book

 prescription delivery sign

kitten puzzles

postcards with puns

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a grab bag for $1.00

filled with

old greeting cards

you had to take your chances

it was all whimsy

and old-fashioned-ness

mixed with

medical supplies and drugs and novelty

and a dash of

twilight zone

 i loved discovering

all of

the special things

about it

and the best of all

was

 the tiny woman over 80

standing vigil at the front register

who rang up the order for a total of

$3,403.26

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a young manager

quite pregnant

 on her way out

stopped

when she called to her for help

 came back

to fix the slight overcharge

and said,

‘now, don’t give her change for $3,400, she didn’t give you that much’

it was

$1.75

for my tiny glass giraffe

she nodded

so

  sweet

unruffled

full of grace

her hair was done

wearing

matching earrings and necklace

 the beautiful older woman

was relieved

when i paid cash

i gave her 2 worn singles

 she gave me

a shiny quarter back

wrapped my animal

in tissue paper

folded it into a little bag

she smiled

and told me to come back very soon

 i will.

time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
- nathaniel hawthorne

image credits: longs drugs 1938, salvador dali, persistence of time 1931, getty images

in summer, the song sings itself. ~ william carlos williams

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climbing the apple trees

flying kites

chasing fireflies

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sending messages in a bottle

wandering through the library

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playing big games

losing shoes

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baking cupcakes

reading books

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so many surprises

walking everywhere

finding clues

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making costumes

singing made-up songs

talking into the sewer to invite the ninja turtles to a party

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meeting the people all around

making up and telling stories

robots and legos

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dancing like centipedes

playing in and out and around the water

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sand in your pants

 tunnels and giant ants

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making a palace for the fairies to move into

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big, big messes

cardboard forts

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cousins, cats, dogs, goats, bunnies, lobsters, frogs, fish

and more family of all kinds

and becoming part of the art

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you are six shooting stars on a shining summer’s day.

 –

yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. -
john lennon

dedicated with love to all of the little stars who make my life so big

and all of my seasons so bright -

peaches 

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and today is the last day

for a while

that we all will be together

and we will share every minute of it

before heading on down the road

each in our own direction

and we know

we’ll find our way back together again

before too long

and i wish that this day could go on forever.

maximize every opportunity today. there is a lot of living and loving that can be done in 24 hours. 

- author unknown