sometimes, bad days are there to remind you that you have good ones to look forward to. – author unknown


IMG_0121like the day

you stood on the upside-down water table

with your beloved blankie and pacifiier all dirty

a bandaid on your scraped-up foot

mosquito bites itching

an empty bug net

and a turtle with a snapped-off tail nearby

 you can’t find your shoes

your diaper is wet

 you’re tired

and your shorts are all twisted-up.

and then –



it is the next day

and the sun is shining


you have a fancy cocktail

right in front of you


floating fruit cut in shapes

a special bendy straw

and you are standing

at a table just your size

with your fancy red shirt on

and your smile

is as big as the universe


in an instant

all is well with the world

once again.

here’s to you, baby j, as you continue to persevere

and find your way through the world, even after the tough days.

you are a model for all of us.


52 responses »

  1. A lesson for all of us Beth. I love the eyebrows – so expressive. You are having a delightful time with the Grands, I can tell. Something tells me Grandma Peaches is a hit.


  2. Boy, there are so many things I can relate to in the first part beth. You’re right it makes the good feel so much better.


  3. What a great example of a rough day followed by a good one. The next time I have a rough day, I’m going to picture those two images in my mind and look forward to the next day with my cocktail with fruit shapes in it and wearing a red shirt. 🙂


  4. I enjoyed the “journey” of this poem so much. You captured a child’s life so well.
    This age teaches us so much about what’s important in life. Doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s the little things that bring us so much joy. (I just realized I said “little things” and had to smile at myself.

    ~ Marie :0)


  5. Baby j. and other children around the world, are somehow able to bring sunshine into our hearts and lives, while struggling in their own little messy creations. This was reminding me of that ‘corny’ but sweet song, “The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow!!”


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