Category Archives: grandchildren

“children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – john w. whitehead

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first sleepover

at peaches’ cottage

for

babies b and j

and

we are

making

shadow puppets

on the wall

and

there is

a

feeling

of

magical electricity

in the air

deep meaning lies often in childish play. ~johann friedrich von schiller



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“now let it work. mischief, thou art afoot. take thou what course thou wilt.” ― william shakespeare

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someone stopped by

for a bit of mischief

fairy dust

roses

glue

glitter paint

not a clue

who could have done this

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luckily

these three

baby r, baby v, nacho the cat

all had gone inside

the cottage

just

minutes before

i wonder

if they saw anyone

or

know anything

“they were becoming like a little mafia. if one committed a mischief, the others would not tell.”
– franco diligenti

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.

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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 

little boys should never be sent to bed. they always wake up a day older. – peter pan

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spending the weekend with grand baby joeys, f and m,

(who have a look of mischief in their eyes like the vintage lads above)

while their mom is away with friends

and it’s so very different

from time spent with our girl babies

yet every moment is equally exciting

in its very own way

where going swimming in a pool

counts as a bath

and waking up in bathing suits

makes us ready

for another day’s adventure

and it’s all about

perpetual motion

and peeing

and rocks

and bugs

and ghost tales

and staying up late

and everything is sticky

and wet

and dirty

and it is a delight.

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boys are found everywhere – on top of, underneath, inside of,
 climbing on, 

swinging from, 
running around, or jumping to.

– alan marshall beck

image credits: everything vintagesteff.com, pinterest.com

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

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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 –

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 suddenly

it is the next day

and the sun is shining

and

you have a fancy cocktail

right in front of you

with

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

and

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.