Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.

Keeping track makes the thing matter,

leading to a wide-awake life.

The 2 generations down from me value this Earth

in a way I didn’t as a kid.

Value it in that they learn it & figure out how to care for it.

My grandkids’ parents know they have to be positive & constructive

to ward off intentional trumpian chaos w/ facts not fantasy.

Lots of science, history, nature, marches, writing, letter-writing, & talk.

Keeping.

PATTY

Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.

As kids, what power do we have? A 420 character, 9 line memoir bit.

 

As a kid, I knew I couldn’t turn the tide of Mama’s rage,

but I remember cowering off to the side

& trying to figure if I could lower the pitch & heat of it,

as if I were on the periphery of a fire,

angling to stay safe while hoping to douse it.

My next-younger sister got most of Mama’s

belting,hitting, slapping, & pinching.

We shared a bedroom, an island in the awful,

& when she left home, this sister became famous.

PATTY

 

My father put 7 kids through college and, er, and? And? Hmmmm… (A 420 character 9-line memoir bit.)

I get it. Putting all your kids through college is a Big Deal;

we did it for our 4, my father did it for his 7.

He used to say that tuition matched the price of a new car;

well, that’s changed. But what hasn’t changed

is that earning the $ to pay for college isn’t the only job of a parent.

How about kissing & hugging the wife & kids?

How about spending time &

keeping track of how the home-bound wife is doing?

Huh,Dad?

PATTY