A Note to Young Parents from Grammie

The little boy began to holler, “I don’t want a spanking!”  I stood in line watching.  The mother’s cart was full and she was getting frustrated.  He repeated the mantra desperately as his stoic father took the three year old by the hand and led him to the bathroom.  I held my breath until his…

Day Old Kittens (and a mother’s instinct)

  He is pressed against my bosom and holds onto life with tiny claws on my skin.  My maternal instincts rush over me and I hold onto hope that he will live. His sister, also two days old, is vigorous wanting constant droppers of formula and despite being deaf and blind, would like to traipse around…

Maryhaven

“Raise,” said one of the fellows at the round table holding his cards steady. “I fold,” said another. Bob nudged me as I put my chips out. I won. “Oh!” the table of old men erupted with laughter and guffaws. Bob patted me on the back. “We’re sending you to Vegas when you’re old enough,…

From the Front Porch (life unveiled)

  The nest of tiny blackbirds awakes in raucous song as their mother comes along to feed them.  A baby robin hops through the grass cheered on and carefully watched over by her parents.  An infant dove perches asleep on a branch.  From my front porch the world is alive and green and new.  New…

Love

Joy, kicking up our heels in the grass, faces to the sun…Gratitude, being thankful for each thing we have and the many moments around us….Faith, knowing doors will open and close for us on our journey to help make our dreams come true…and Love, the very thing that makes life worth living. In our busy…

My Family

And in my life I’ve never known as great of loves as these, My life’s blood flows through the most beautiful children be,   And the light from the littlest of them all brings joy to every day, And the love of my life, companion in soul, makes everything okay. And thoughts of home and…

When the Wind Called for Kathy

  And she left upon a summer day I didn’t want her to go away. I felt her presence that morning to say I love you and I’ll be on my way. Like a mother to me in many ways But also great friend for countless days But we will meet again my sweet mama friend For…