Saturday, September 18, 2010

A BABY CHANGES EVERYTHING

Tonight's blog will be a short one. I actually wrote a blog with this same title last week but in checking out the spelling of one of the words on the internet, and not having saved the draft, I lost the whole thing. Guess I learned my lesson!

The title of this blog isn't particularly profound but it always sums up what happens when a baby comes. Everything does change, big time. I chose this title because a baby has come and changed our family with her birth.  Addison Elizabeth White was born last Saturday to my niece, Laura, and her husband.

We couldn't be more excited. There's something about holding a baby,a truly "new born" baby minutes after she was born. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and as tiny as she was, I couldn't help remembering when my grandsons were born. They were barely 3 and 4 pounds each and based on that experience, Addison seemed almost big.

And, as so often happens when something wonderful happens, I wrote a poem for her and her mom:

A POEM FOR LAURA
by Patty Lynn

From the day you were born
I watched you grow,
The child of my sister
And yet I know...

Much more than that
Were you to me,
My "child" of sorts,
You would always be.

For we shared so much,
You and me,
Through happy and sad times
Our bond would be...

So exceptional, so deep,
Trusting each other,
So honest and close,
Not like another.

On your sweet wedding day
I smiled, I wept,
So happy you found him,
My proud heart leapt.

And now you're a mother,
A child, your own,
To love, guide and cherish,
To watch and grow.

My love's overflowing
As yours for her.
So tiny and precious,
Addison girl.

I know how you feel
I've felt it, too,
With both of my children
And, Laura, with you.

God bless, guide and keep you,
Grant you His care.
Please treasure each moment,
As this one you share.

Hold tight but not too tight,
As these years pass.
Pray God's love beside you,
His, too, will last.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A LONG TIME COMING

When I was little, 4 or 5, my family lived in a cute house that has afforded me fond memories.  For my mom and dad it was definitely a step down, a fixer upper.  They had "built" a beautiful home but got in over their heads and had to move to something more realistic for their pocketbook.  As as child I thought their disappointment was my fairy tale.  I remember sitting in the front hall in a window seat I thought was just made for me to read my books and daydream.  My bedroom, by their account, had a terrible ceiling and to camouflage it Mom wallpapered it with a dark navy background and white stars.  Their cover-up was my bed under the stars.  We moved from there when I was five but to a neighborhood not very far away and when I was in my early teens, as kids did in those days, I made friends with someone who lived in my childhood house.  So I had the chance to see inside and relive my memories. What a shock!  My recollections, well, were not really accurate, but what a grand opportunity to see that house with grownup eyes.  What follows is what that experience was like.

BIG & LITTLE

by Patty Lynn

When I was just a little girl
Of three or four or five,
The house I lived in was unique,
A taller house than wide.

In fact, to me, this little girl
Resembled ones I'd seen
Within the pages of my books
And sometimes in my dreams.

I aptly called it, secretly,
My Mother Goose house, mine,
Sat on a hill with peaked roof.
And "Mother" thought it fine.

A house for Mother Goose and me
Just like in fairy tales.
You'd have to search both far and wide,
Across both hills and dales...

To find a house as rare as this,
The envy of the block,
But wait there's more inside my house,
Now give the door a knock...

And once inside you'll see the stairs
That lead up to my room,
A window seat for me to sit
From morning until noon.

I love to sit there, read my books
Imagining tall tales
Of princesses and fairies, too,
Of dolphins and blue whales.

Just keep on going in my house,'
My living room is next,
With curvy corners, never square,
Sit down and be my guest.

Let's go into my kitchen,
We'll have a little treat.
Do you believe how big it is?
Come in and take a seat.

So glad you came to visit me
And saw my huge, grand house.
It's just so big sometimes I feel
As little as a mouse.

Then as a grown-up I went back
To see my childhood home.
My Mother Goose house was still there,
But wasn't what I'd known.

For this is true, your memory's skewed
A contrast in a riddle:
What changes size but stays the same?
Things seem big when you're little!