Not Here Today #SOL21 Day 2/31

Not Here Today

The grandchildren stopped by for a visit yesterday.

“Where are the ducks?” they asked.

“Not here today,” I replied.

“Where are the geese?” they asked.

“Not here today,” I replied.

“Where are the swan?” they asked.

“Not here today,” I replied.

Sigh….

Today I spot the geese swim by.

“Where are the grandchildren?” I ask.

“Not here today,” I reply.

Then along come the ducks.

“Where are the grandchildren?” I ask.

“Not here today,” I reply.

Finally, the swan swim by.

“Where are the grandchildren?” I asked.

“Not here today,” I replied.

Sigh…

I guess a picture will have to suffice.

Throughout the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers. Each day I will post a draft of a story detailing a small snippet from my life. This will be my sixth year participating, and each year I marvel at all the small moments I would have missed in my life if not for this challenge. I am grateful to Stacey Shubitz, Betsy Hubbard, Beth Moore, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Melanie Meehan, and Amy Ellerman for hosting this wonderful event!

8 Replies to “Not Here Today #SOL21 Day 2/31”

  1. We have had the same conversation about the cardinals at our house with my nephews. I think they are just too loud for the birds. I really like the way you wrote it.

  2. This piece was a fun journey. In the end, any reminder/excuse to reach out to those we love is a good one. Even if it’s because of missed opportunities!

    I liked the rhythm of the conversation you provided. It truly captures the moment for anyone who has had a conversation with a child!

    1. Yes – I also tried to capture the frustration of seeing the birds one day after their visit. Oh well. The birds will be here all spring and into the summer.

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