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28 August 2014

30 Words :: Bunny Cuddles


Here.
Hold this.
No hesitation.
Cupping the silky softness
in your hands.
Stroking tiny ears.
Recognizing
your granddaughter.
Relaxed.
Calm.
Smiling.
Seeing you
light up
in this way
is
priceless.


Last Friday there was a 'County Fair' day at the center with games and fair food and animals. I came back to see if I could help. When I got there mom was already outside, pushing the wheelchair of another resident to view the little petting zoo set up on the lawn. Baby ducks just two days old... a turkey... a peacock... a piglet and a pup... two turtles and some salamanders... a chicken that loves to be held... kittens... and even an emu! But when they offered mom a baby bunny, she took right to it. She didn't let that bunny go and wandered all around, stroking its soft fur. I haven't seen my mom this animated and engaged in a long time. Almost makes me wish that I could get a bunny myself just so I could bring it to her! It has been five months at this place and I have never seen her happier. And while she can't really tell me how she is feeling I could see the joy in her face and that gave me peace.


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21 August 2014

30 Words :: Our First Dance



take my hand
follow my lead
a tug on your shoulder means
you turn
we t-w-i-r-l across
the dimly lit floor
sashaying
between the couples
our first
father-daughter
dance

Excuse the dim lighting, poor sound and shakiness on this impromptu video from our niece Megan's wedding last weekend.

Paul and I took ballroom dance in college and the only thing we remember is the swing (which we do pretty well!) and the mechanics of the lead. He is the only man I have ever danced with that does this exceptionally well. He dislikes that most couples simple stand still and sway when slow dancing, not using the entire floor. I love being glided around the floor by him. 

He is explaining to Tiny Dancer how this works... a tug on the shoulder and you turn, a pull on the hand to guide you. Elvis is a particular favorite of his, so this was a sweet choice for what I suspect is the first (of many, I hope!) father-daughter dance.

May our Tiny Dancer one day find someone who will take her hand, hold her close and guide her just like her daddy does.


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14 August 2014

30 Words :: My One Wish


She always brought me
gladiolas
from the farmer's market 
on my birthday.
This year
I bought glads
for myself. 
My one wish
is that she would
know me and 
r  e  m  e  m  b  e  r



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07 August 2014

30 Words :: Travel Companion



The road may be bumpy 
and the weather may not always be sunny
but there is
no one
that I would rather have by my side
as we travel
together.



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31 July 2014

30 Words :: St Louis



630 feet
rising straight to the heavens
stainless steel arc
gleaming
in the noonday sun
this monument
is a testament 
to American ingenuity, determination
 an architectural wonder of the world


I am visiting St Louis with my daughter's softball team in the Northwest National ASA Softball tournament (btw...they won their first two games 18-1 and 11-2). It wouldn't be a complete visit without a trip to the Gateway Arch. It truly is a marvel. You get two pictures (and a bit more than 30 words): the first is one with awesome perspective and framing that my husband (!) took with my regular camera, and the second is on that I took on my iPhone with my new Photojojo.com fisheye lens that snaps on to the outside of your smartphone camera from the same spot. How cool is that!

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Post it each Thursday.
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24 July 2014

30 Words :: Moving On


Fifteen years
to-and-fro,
schlepping 
carseats
duffel bags,
sticky fingers
never once stranding us
(except that summer of the battery, remember?)
...moving on...
trading up
to a
quieter,
comfier,
rust-less
ride.

Thank you, Bessie, for a long, safe and winding ride.
Just a note... I will be taking my new wheels (she needs a classy name....what say you?) on her first road trip next week for our big adventure to St Louis for the ASA 12U Northern National softball tournament. I am not sure if I will be able to put together a 30 Words while I am away, but I will try as I am sure there will be lots of pictures! So do check back and don't stop just because I don't have the link-up. We can have a double-whammy the following week. ;-)


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17 July 2014

30 Words :: Look Up


Dreading my Walmart outing
head down
grumbling
about the price of milk

might have missed the 
glory
right in front of me like
liquid gold
illuminating
the gathering
dusk.
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