When my children were little, I was convinced that each stage was the most adorable yet and at each birthday I wanted to put bricks on their heads to stop them right there. Of course, they grew up anyway, and now one of them has children of her own, so here I am again. But this time wiser, because I learned from last time that bricks don't work, and that, for me, the only thing that does, is writing.
Some people use photographs to rewind time, but taking pictures stole the minutes I spent taking them, and since I didn't want to miss even one second, that wasn't okay with me. In any case, I've been writing down my daughter's daughter Ava since she was born, and some day I'll be able to show her what she was like when she was little by sitting her on my metaphorical lap and turning pages.
But when Ava's little sister, was born, I was so focused on Ava - who was three at the time--that my pen missed Lydia's first two years almost completely. But now Lydia has come into her own, diapering stuffed dogs, insisting on us coming in to view her yellow productions, and using sign language both peculiar to her and completely clear. And now, when I come by, more often than not I find the sisters together, digging for treasure (sticks) with their sandbox shovels, sitting down in mud puddles with twin glee, doing joint if multilevel tricks on their swing set. And I can't resist either of them a minute longer so I've written them a poem. Lydia will get her own soon, but this one's for both of them--in which they'll cavort, I hope, forever, without having to drop off a single brick. And here it is:
For Ava and Lydia on Another Planet
Copyright 2007© Lola Haskins
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