For the Daily Prompt: paper.
We chanced upon duck dabbling and grooming time in the morning. Mostly male mallards, as if it is an old fashioned men’s club. The ladies are busy with the offspring.
Muddle puddle meddle dabble paddle…. I wish I were this limber….
For the Daily Prompt: meddle.
This is a story my mother told. When we were little, my sister and I lived with our parents in a small house near Ithaca, NY. We each had a bedroom downstairs. Our parents had their bedroom upstairs. We were not allowed up there, because the stairwell came to the middle of a hall and there was no railing at all. They were afraid that we would fall down.
I am three years older. I’m not sure I was always a good sister.
One weekend morning, my parents were lying in bed in their room, quite early. Suddenly a very round three year old face popped up at the end of the bed, with a wicked gleam, and spoke:
“Boodie with a yellow bill
hopped upon my windowsill
cocked his shining eye and said
“Ain’t you shamed, you sleepy head?”
And then my sister raced out of the room and down the stairs.
My mother said that when they got over their stunned laughter, they came downstairs to talk to us. I had coached my sister until she could recite perfectly, aside from the missing r. I think we got a mild scolding about the safety of the stairs, but since they were still laughing, I don’t think we took it seriously.
previously published on everything2.com, a slightly different version
I took this at the Baltimore Aquarium. The way the feathers mimic the bark pattern amazes me, such camouflage. And yet, in plain sight.
Hooray for the graduates and everyone finishing school and safe travels in the summer months.
Here is a stealthie: my feet at Lake Matinenda in one of the one person very tippy canoes. Wear a life jacket and not for severe weather…..
Another door, this taken by my daughter, of me and a door. We stayed in a cousin’s cabin because our most functional and least ghost occupied cabin was set for a new roof. My cousin kindly let me use their cabin.
My parents helped my aunt and uncle build this cabin. My father talked about it. I have been going to the lake since I was a baby. Now I go about every other year: too far for yearly.