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.