Moms of my grandchildren, I adore both.
The latter? It’s obvious, they’re adorable and, well, I’m the Nani, fill in superlatives.
But the Moms? I feast my mind on just how good they are at it.
Work full time. Nurse.
Keep track of the patience so there’s some left when they get home.
They’re present to use a yoga term.
They nurture to use a birding term.
They are in tune, to use a cello term.
I love you, dear mothers.
What will carbon-dating of my bones show,
or for that matter a bone density test that will tell us what we “need to know.”
I hate it when they say such,
tho’ I love how science can decide issues, as in:
camel bones AFTER the time of the Patriarchs
showed they were used to carry heavy loads.
For a while, I would haul 7 lbs in front, 15 lbs in back
while pulling 30 lbs in a Radio Flyer. Carbon-date this camel!
Storyteller Under Sunny Skies,storyteller doll by Rose Pecos-SunRhodes (Jemez), 1993, collection of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
I mean I LIKED picturing Jacob, last of the great desert chieftains,
charge out of the desert on his camel in the dark of night
to take on that combatative angel
or to herd the sheep into the Land of Canaan
back there in the 1st half of the 2nd millennium B.C.
Alas! Carbon-dating indicates camels are naught but poetic license,
“back projections from a much later period.”*
The image still intrigues.
*The NYT quotes Israeli biblical scholar Noam Mizrahi. The camels “do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium, but should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.”
Read more: There Were No Camels During Time of Biblical Patriarchs, Study Says | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2014/02/11/the-mystery-of-the-bibles-phantom-camels/#ixzz2t85exfSA