Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You Never Know

Despise not small things, either for evil or good, for a look may work thy ruin, or a word create thy wealth. - A spark is a little thing, yet it may kindle the world.  – Martin Farquhar Tupper

when Kate comes home
she falls asleep on the couch
every night
with the TV on.
In the morning,
I turn off the set, pick up her
plate, Kleenex, water;

Otis wakes her up.
Fifteen pounds of
of super-charged, tail wagging,
face licking, fur
planted on her chest
is surprisingly a way
she (mostly) likes to wake up.

I bring her coffee and tell her
“budge up, ya great lump”
and we giggle, because
we read all the Harry Potter’s together,
loved them.
Then we talk.

Last year, for a little while,
I got it in my head that
I resented picking up
bringing coffee,
every morning,
Then one day, from the next, room
I overheard her tell her friend,
“I love going home –
my mom brings me coffee,
every morning
it’s great.

You just never know
what will make a memory.

PAD, NaPoWriMo Day 12


  1. Just when our kids drive us almost to the breaking point, they go and make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside again. My son is notorious for this!! All I can say is there is nothing like hearing how much your child appreciates something, if if they aren't telling you directly!! Such are the moments that memories are made of!!

  2. Thanks Ayala and Ginny. Ha, Ginny, glad my kids aren't the only ones!

  3. The little things can make a memory just as much, if not more, than the big

  4. I'm so glad I was able to tell my parents how much I appreciated them before they died, even before they had Alzheimer's. I don't have children of my own, but my youngest brother and my eldest niece both let me know how much they care, and mention things they remember from their youth or their childhood, so I feel appreciated all to bits.
    How wonderful, though, that just when you were beginning to resent providing early-morning maid service, you overheard Kate talking to her friend.

    1. Yes, it's good to tell our loved ones that we apprecitae them and the things they do for us. I'm glad you were able to, and that your family does for you. :o)