Carefree

Remember when  summer tasted like fresh grass blades, the kind you chewed  as you walked, face up to gather the sun, when late afternoon held the aroma of rain, and watermelon was salted and eaten on a tailgate, when June felt  like freedom, freewheeling  down the sidewalk on your bike or skipping  your Lemon Twister,Continue reading “Carefree”

Dreamy Days

The sky was calling me to bask outside, to feel the solar rays and the easy breeze of an uncharacteristically cool June day — and those swirling clouds slowly changing shape reminded me of the glorious ways  of childhood summers,  dreamy days, rock collecting,  daisy-bouquet making,  bluejay chasing days  when it seemed I had all Continue reading “Dreamy Days”

An Echo

She hopscotches along the edge  of a playground as I add numbers  or answer emails; she skips alongside  me at social events— graduations,  weddings, funerals— waiting for me  to notice, reminding me there is more  in a moment than ceremony or sadness; she sits beside me in silent kindness  when I cry, and she rushesContinue reading “An Echo”

Chasing Stardust

She lost herself in thought, the way she had in childhood, chasing stardust and a trail of flowers to a land of green hills and open sky, a place she visits anytime she has a minute to wander past a river to a garden where she  and her butterfly friends  attend a picnic under  theContinue reading “Chasing Stardust”

Change

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ― Jim Bishop Too few are the days of layered-leaves,  those nippy fall afternoons we wander  under the golden boughs full of blazing  foliage that beseeches us to linger in the fading light, cozy under our scarves and mittens and filled with expectancy for theContinue reading “Change”

Bright Air & Ashes

It catches me sometimes when I’m unaware, when I  step out to feel the warmth on my face, to hear the birds, the bright air in full sun that tastes of dirt and light, like the earth after a blue-sky rain — the taste of childhood. That scent takes me to swings and trees, toContinue reading “Bright Air & Ashes”