Tuesday, March 23, 2021

SOL 23/31: Precious Memories To Last Awhile

We arrive at the new airport

where we walk and walk and walk

before reaching baggage claim.

Quick as a wink 

Grandma and Grandpa are claimed curbside

by Teddy and his mama. 

Two walks and sunny days mark our first two days together,

a stroll to explore the neighborhood 

and a long walk to the park with a playground.

We make Muddy Buddies, 

read Attack of the Underwear Dragon, 

and play games of Chutes & Ladders and Sneaky Squirrel.

I watch Teddy frolic 

on the just-delivered-by-me

Ninja Turtle beach towel,  

a remnant from his dad's childhood. 

Miss Ruthie, a bit tentative at first, 

warms up quickly!

 She lets Grandma kiss the top of her head,

loves spending time in Grandpa's lap,

and adores her new yellow duck.

This petite wonder amazes us

with the amount of food she can eat.

Our short visit

expands to include

 exploring rocks, fossils, and crystals with Grandpa,

 kitchen visits by Astronaut Teddy from outer space,

plenty of time for reading picture books,   

singing songs and lifting flaps in Ruthie's board book, 

oohs and aahs over her clapping skills 

and giggles in response to her "strawberry pucker."

My desire for some of Utah's famous cookies 

is gratified by boxes from Chip and The Store.

Blake's wish for chocolate roll

brings out the family recipe and the rolling pin

for the creation of this dessert, beloved by five generations. 

Saturday delivers gray skies and rain.

Sunday morning brings a sprinkling of snow

and a smattering of March Madness basketball,

with time to snuggle and laugh and share our love.

This family gathering delivered

precious memories to last awhile

until we gather again. 


  1. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip, and I loved the pictures illustrating the poem. It makes me miss my family more, and I hope to see them again soon!

  2. Oh my dearest friends!!!! My heart sings as I try to imagine this joy filled visit

  3. This is what love and happiness looks, sounds, smells, tastes and feels like. I am so happy for you!

  4. I love this slice! I can't wait to see my grandson over Easter. I'll be fully vaccinated this weekend. Family time is golden. That Ruthie looks like she loves life!

  5. Beautiful! Love the pictures.