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Poems & photos: Day Dreams, or Twelve Years Old

May 1, 2016 | Birthday,Family,Forest City,Photography,Poetry,Twins


My baby girls recently turned 12, so I took some license, replacing “ten” with “twelve.”

I measured myself by the wall in the garden;
The hollyhocks blossomed far over my head.
Oh, when I can touch with the tips of my fingers
The highest green bud, with its lining of red,

I shall not be a child any more, but a woman.
Dear hollyhock blossoms, how glad I shall be!
I wish they would hurry – the years that are coming,
And bring the bright days that I dream of to me!

Oh, when I am grown, I shall know all my lessons,
There’s so much to learn when one’s only just (twelve)! –
I shall be very rich, very handsome, and stately,
And good, too, — of course, — ’twill be easier then!

There’ll be many to love me, and nothing to vex me,
No knots in my sewing; no crusts to my bread.
My days will go by like the days in a story,
The sweetest and gladdest that ever was read.

And then I shall come out some day to the garden
(For this little corner must always be mine);
I shall wear a white gown all embroidered with silver,
That trails in the grass with a rustle and shine.

And, meeting some child here at play in the sunshine,
With gracious hands laid on her head, I shall say,
“I measured myself by these hollyhock blossoms
When I was no taller than you, dear, one day!”

She will smile in my face as I stoop low to kiss her,
And – Hark! They are calling me in to my tea!
O blossoms, I wish that the slow years would hurry!
When, when will they bring all I dream of to me?

—Margaret Johnson

PHOTO: Hollyhock near Forest City, Iowa © DMBR

Posted by Becky @ 11:27 am | Comments  

Books: Two Snowflakes

June 1, 2010 | Blogland games,Books,Twins

We just finished reading Two Snowflakes by Jennifer Miller, who blogs at TwinHappy. She also does #TwinTuesday on Twitter as @TwinHappyJen.

I won the book in a giveaway. It’s a sweet story about two identical snowflakes who find two identical girls. My daughters aren’t identical twins, but we always love a good story about twins. Thanks, Jen!

Posted by Becky @ 6:00 am | 2 Comments  

Now We Are Six

April 29, 2010 | Birthday,Family,Twins

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly Me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

~ A. A. Milne


Both of my daughters were excited for their birthday today, but one was especially thrilled.

“I can’t wait for my birthday!” she squealed with glee last night as we tucked her in bed.

Sure enough. She came to our room at 2 a.m., 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. to ask, “Is it my birthday yet?”

Then, at just after 6 a.m., she came running to say, “It’s the 29th! It’s my birthday!”

So … happy birthday, Sweetie. Happy birthday to your lovely sister too.

Posted by Becky @ 10:25 am | 2 Comments  

You’ve got your hands full!

March 4, 2008 | Blogging,Quadruplets,Quintuplets,Sextuplets,Triplets,Twins

Yes, I do. Now I’m blogging at You’ve Got Your Hands Full.

Go check it out!

Posted by Becky @ 4:34 pm | 5 Comments  

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