Chris Raschka, his lovely wife Lydie, and their charming and talented son Ingo, stayed with us for a couple of days on their way to bringing Ingo to Cal Arts to study animation. And after they left this morning, here is what I found – a heart-shaped pie tin filled with rose petals, three colored pencils – one pink, one yellow, and one green (my favorite colors), and a beautiful hand drawn note.
A thank you sculpture! What excellent guests…
a poem for moms whose kids are heading off to kindergarten…or to high school (from THE HUNCHBACK OF NEIMAN MARCUS)
When Samantha Gets Home from Studying at Laura’s
She’s so tuckered out that she falls asleep
while we’re watching Orange is the New Black.
I cover her with a quilt
and kiss her on the forehead.
Then I switch off the TV and watch her sleep.
How can she be a senior already?
Seems like she was starting kindergarten only…
thirteen years ago.
Swiping at a tear, I reach for an old photo album,
and flipping through it,
I come across the picture I took of her
on the morning of her first day of kindergarten.
She’d only been willing to stand still
long enough to let me snap one shot,
while the sun haloed her hair
beneath the lacey arms of our pepper tree—
the one Michael and I planted
on the day we found out I was pregnant,
so that we’d have a place
to put the tree house.
Wearing a new dress
that was almost as blue as her eyes,
and a matching new blue bow,
perched atop her ponytail like a trained butterfly,
she clutched Monkey in one hand,
her yellow school bus lunchbox in the other,
and peered at me as though
there were no camera between us.
I’m not at all sure what this whole
going-to-school thing is about,
her eyes seemed to say.
But, whatever it is, I’m ready for it.
It wasn’t until after I clicked the shutter
that she broke into a sunny smile
and twirled around in the new white sneakers
that gleamed like small stars on her feet—
those brave little feet
that were about to carry her
down our brick path
into the world…
TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST
(A NOVEL BASED ON AN UNTRUE STORY)
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