Children, breathe in the sunshine that ripens the blueberries,
gooseberries and rhubarb, your favorites. Please, protect
each other and your earth. Open the door and smell
the fresh cut grass. Brush the lavender with your fingers
and taste a licorice leaf of tarragon. Pet dogs behind
the ears and hold your hand flat to give a sugar cube
to a horse. Pick up your socks and don’t dust unless
you have company. Use cold, fresh water to make tea
and warm the ceramic pot. Wake up early to see the
sun rise over the trees and hear the woodpecker’s staccato
drumming. Breakfast is the most important meal
of the day. It fuels you and lets your head wake up
while you prepare it. Remember to cherish each other.
You three will be left to carry on the family traditions.
Marry someone who will share and celebrate with you.
God bless you and keep you safe. Turn off the lights.
© 2011 Kim King