Poetry Delivery Project, Creative Family Idea Box Day #11

This short, sweet, simple poetry project will help those you love to know you are thinking of them from afar.  Choose a poem, read it aloud, and send it via text or email to a friend or family member.  Allow each child to choose his/her own poem to send.  (Even the youngest children can choose…

Dress-up Tea Party, Creative Family Idea Box (Day # 3)

  You know what I love about tea parties?  All you need is some hot water, a couple of tea bags, and some imagination, and you have an instant party that can make any old day feel special.  Yesterday morning, I decided to throw a spontaneous Dress-Up Tea Party for breakfast, and it literally changed…

30 Day Poetry Challenge

I love reading poetry.  When I read in poetry, I start thinking in poetry.  And this is always exciting.  Until I start speaking in poetry, and people start looking at me like I’m weird. About three years ago, I gave myself a challenge: to write and post an original poem a day for 30 days…

The Daily Turn #30: The First Day of Homeschool

Bringing life down to the abcs is likea fresh startwhere all questionsare not stupid questionsand you, the teacherare allowed to learnalong with the children.Today I stared at a long lime greenjumping bug that I have neverbefore in thirty-one years ofgoing outside ever seen.I examined the paper-thinflakes of mica that my daughterhad split and scattered along all the…

The Daily Turn #29: On any other day we would have been strangers

On any other day we would have been strangers,moving like slow ants along the same linefrom the grocery store door to the car.But today, in full heat and sweltering sunwe were thrust suddenlyinto great drops of unexpected rain,and we all became childrenrunning to carsumbrellaless,laughing as we passedon the street.

The Daily Turn #28: Paloma

Your marigold hair casts a red-orange glow on everything around you. You are honeycomb ginger and cinnamon, the sweetest and nicest of sugars and spice. I have never seen deeper pools of clear, clean water than in the bright blue worlds of your eyes. There is good earth there for growing beautiful things– wildflowers of every…

The Daily Turn #27: For Rosie, My First Child

Sometimes I hardly recognize you– like just now when you got up from your bed and came down the stairs, with your little sister trailing along behind, touched the hem of my skirt and said that this is one of your favorite skirts I have that actually it is your favorite and breathlessly announced that…

The Daily Turn #26: One of Those Days

Today would have been a good dayfor all the people who post commentsabout how they don’t know how I do it allto walk into my house–Trying to sleep in too late,barging around about nothing,dropping the broom to the floorwith a thud just becausesomebody wants to eat again.Seeing the world as a series ofmesses that have…

The Daily Turn #25: This Pencil

No matter how muchI shake this pencil,I can’t get the wordsto come out.I will take it backto the store first thingin the morning.But tonight,I am just going to sleep.

The Daily Turn #24: The Space Between

there’s always this moment,laying in bedseventy-five percent awake and twenty-five percentstuck in dream,where you are starting to realizeyou are alive–you have a name and a faceand a family,and this is a particularday of the weekin which you have a specific list ofthings to do.It only takes a split-secondfor all this informationto come flooding backinto the brainthat has…

The Daily Turn #22: Love Song for a Little Boy

Your eyes are approximatelysix inches from mine.They are deeply-set,sincere brown,and smiling.You are two years old–a little wild animal–and in this moment,looking into your small faceI am grateful to be aliveand to know you.To watch,day by daythe animation that makes your little body go.In my heartyou are always findingnew doors.You open up roomsthat I didn’t know were there,flooding…