Small Stone 7

Today was Emilio’s first birthday party.  It was a hectic day, and yesterday was a bit wild too — doing errands, setting up for the party, putting up decorations, then trying to get Emilio to nap this morning, before the guests arrived.  Adrienne nursed him in his darkened room, but he didn’t fall asleep.  I took him to try rocking him to sleep, and he would fall asleep on my shoulder, but wouldn’t let me transfer him to the crib.  So I kept holding him in the dark room, put my own head back against the chair, and let the rocking settle me too.

Small stone: A grandchild’s strong young body sleeping against mine, a full day coming as we let a few minutes of rest sink into us.

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About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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3 Responses to Small Stone 7

  1. Lovely. Wonderful moment together. Children teach us best that rest is as important as on-the-go. What a joy to hold a child! Great piece.

  2. I’ve just been babysitting my 5mth old granddaughter and there’s no better feeling than her falling asleep in my arms.

  3. Barb says:

    The Birthday Boy looks happy! Lovely to snuggle the small body of a Grandchild against your heart.

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