I spent some time this morning
creating the beginnings of a fairy village
in the front garden
of a friend’s little girl
who liked to come and visit my garden
when she got home
she discovered the surprise
saw the fairies had moved in
right in her very own front yard
and gave it her full endorsement
“the whole point of life was you couldn’t ever be sure what would happen next.
sometimes what happened was good, sometimes not,
but there were always surprises.”
― veronica henry, author
one sister visiting
one sister gone too soon
only brother on his way
grandchildren in tow
we visited the place
where we had grown up.
it looked much the same
yet felt somehow not.
much like us.
“there is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
kinders baking in the spring kitchen.
“the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
-henry david thoreau
“if you see with innocent eyes, everything is divine.”
another summer’s day
after a year or so of middle school
with too much time on our hands
trying to act grown up
we decided that
we’d lounge around
on the back patio
grill up some food
have some lemonade
sit around, eat, talk, be lazy.
but when the fire on our hibachi
somehow got too big
we did the obvious thing
threw it into the hedge
and yes, there was some collateral damage
and no, we didn’t think they’d notice
but actually, they did
and no, it didn’t end well
and yes, our day of lounging ended rather abruptly.
“the grass is always greener around the fire hydrant.”
as the youngest of 3 daughters
it took me a while to realize
that i was often being used
as the canary in the coal mine
sent in first to check
if the mud was sticky
if the place was scary
if it was wet
if there were spiders or alligators
if the others could squeeze in somewhere
if we were going to get in trouble
for whatever crazy scheme we thought up that day
i was curious and relished the adventure
excited to try things first
only to realize time and again
that it generally
been a good idea in the first place.
whoever thinks they can fool me 267 times or so
has got another thing coming….
“a younger sister is someone to use as a guinea pig in trying sledges and experimental go-carts. someone to send on messages to mum. but someone who needs you – who comes to you with bumped heads, grazed knees, tales of persecution. someone who trusts you to defend her. someone who thinks you know the answers to almost everything.
~ pam brown
image credit: lets feast.feast-ed.org
in honor of United Nations Universal Children’s Day
established in 1954 and celebrated on November 20th, this day promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and the improvement of children’s welfare. on this date in 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and in 1989, adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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