“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

6.17.2009

Finding the Magic Again - Step 1

baby sit kids even when you're in a bad mood,
a sad mood,
and you close your office doors against their noise.

they will find their way in anyway ~
to pet the cat & tell you she is too fat,
that she needs a puppy to play with,
to tear pieces of tape from your dispenser,
to use your electric stapler.

and then they will disappear again,
and left to their own devices,
they will find their creative hearts.

she will make a book,
and borrow the stapler again,
stapling too far in on the page,
but never mind.

and she will draw a picture,
make a delivery package requiring more tape,
a surprise gift,
and he, of course, will copy that idea,
and will require even more tape,
and announce special delivery when presenting his gift,
and the staples in his book
will be at the far corners of the pages,
slanted.
and when their father arrives to take them home,
she will give you her book,
your picture drawn inside,
an award presented,
and you will feel regretful
that you were so not there for them for those 2 hours,
and you will be reminded of where the magic lives,
where it is born.
You are the best intrenet web page writer ever
and you better not forget it.
not ever

4 comments:

  1. ah kids - arent they lovely the way they cheer you up with the little drawings and captions? the clumsily wrapped up pressies and "surprises"?

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  2. they really do have this uncanny way of melting our hearts when we least expect it. beautiful.
    xo

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  3. Ahhh, and you are the best internet web page writer ever!!

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  4. Oh how I love this. Every word, right down to the electric stapler.

    So well expressed.
    xo

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