Friday, August 22, 2014

Dog days of summer

Dog days of summer
Just too hot
"Please, mommy. I want to ride my bike."

New challenges.
Look both ways.
Ride to the side.
You're growing too quickly.

One fall, two falls, three falls,
I stand to help.
"No, mommy. I can do it all by myself."
I sit back down.

Ride a little further. 
To the next driveway.
And the next.
Steps away from babyhood. 
Steps toward little girl giggles,
Adolescent struggles, teenage angst.

But for now, "Look, mom!!! One hand!"
I sit and watch.

An entourage of emotion even before I start my day.
All from one little girl.
On a warm summer day.
Learning to ride her bike.

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Tracey's bookshelf: read

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
My Sister's Keeper
Nineteen Minutes
The Pact
The Tenth Circle
Change of Heart
Keeping Faith
Handle with Care
House Rules
More Than It Hurts You
Amy and Isabelle
A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Widow for One Year
The 158-Pound Marriage
To the Lighthouse
Between the Acts
A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas
The Help

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