Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pigeon's Kitchen Wish

Pigeon had learned to open drawers, and how to pull things out of them. Soon he learned he could also open the doors in the kitchen, like Mother. And then nothing was safe. (Including Pigeon.)

Father bought latches to keep Pigeon out of the dangerous doors. But they didn't fit. So Mother ended up moving Pigeon out of reach of the doors just as many times as he could open them. (Which was a lot.)

When Pigeon found the spinning door, they feared for his little fingertips. (Which got pinched.)

But it's a good skill, to be able to get to things, Mother said. And she tried not to interrupt him unless absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, she watched closely in case the absolutely necessity came suddenly upon them. Sometimes she forgot to blink.

It so happened that the spinny cabinet held a very shiny bowl. Pigeon thought it might be fun to play with it.

Maybe even more fun, thought Mother, than opening and closing the cabinet doors.

She gave him the bowl, and a pan, and a spoon.


Pigeon thought it was a fine way to spend an afternoon.
And mother had a chance to blink, to clean up, and even to make some memories.

She thought about Pigeon's birthday, just a few weeks away. Wouldn't you like a cabinet of your own? she asked him. And some Pigeon-sized pots and pans, and a spoon?

His smile said yes. And with all the people who loved to see Pigeon smile, there was a good chance he would have a kitchen of his own before too long--a nice safe kitchen. (Cabinets and all.)

Friday, August 24, 2012

{this moment} : : found

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Friday, August 10, 2012

{this moment} : : big & little

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Drought

Mother looked out over the pond at the ridges of green, reedy grasses and snowy tufts of Queen Anne's Lace. So lush within a stone's throw, though the grass outside the door pricked her feet like hay stubble and was just as yellow-brown.

She was thankful again for the tiny pond and all the life it supported. The corn in the neighboring fields was lost, but the weeping willows and evergreens at the edge of Pigeon's pond showed no fear the festering drought. Pigeon's first summer had been almost as dry and dusty as the the desert Mother and Father had left behind the year before. But their little pond held on, growing thick, tall grasses where its borders had shrunk back from the heat. There were two muskrats now, busy building and rebuilding their den; the herons still wobbled and waded through the water's edge; the ducklings, now grown, squabbled over territory; and something gigantic and striped glided, silent, up and over and under the surface, newly visible in the receding shallows.

It did not rain.

Pigeon's family carried on, escaping to the seashore, visiting family, and meeting more of their neighbors. Mother tried not to think of the ugly autumn the drought had in store for them.


Last week Mother frowned when she stepped outdoors and noticed for the first time that a sandy edge had appeared around the rim of the pond. The water had dropped 3 inches overnight.

This is bad, she whispered to Pigeon. She was glad he couldn't understand. The fish will die. The pond will dry up. When she kissed his head, it felt like a prayer. 

The next day clouds came through as they had for months, thick, black, promising--and empty. A cloud broke and spit down a few fat drops which the air sucked up before the grass could taste them. But later when Father was home enough rain fell to stick to the patio in puddles. It kept falling and puddling. It dripped from the trees. They went to bed happy and hopeful. The rain on the walls of the house woke Father. The thunder woke Pigeon. Pigeon woke Mother. No one got any sleep. In the morning the rain was still falling gently. The clouds remained to protect their gift from the greedy sun. 

Mother smiled when she saw the pond; the sandy ring around the rim had disappeared--for the time being. 

She thought that words could be like rain, coming down in sheets one season and refusing to appear the next. They could pass overhead without falling to soil for months, even when most needed and expected. They could splatter down, violent and sparse, on half-formed thoughts in the field of her mind, and come to nothing. And they could suddenly run again, effortless, to fill in the dry edges and revive the inspiration that was always there, waiting. The real rains would return, she believed, in time.