Reading, Counting, Walking, Sliding

I did a lot of reading today, many books, over and over.  I read The Runaway Bunny, Spot Loves His Friends, Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants, Let’s Dance, Little Pookie, Goodnight Moon and B is for Bear.  I counted 12 “aminals” into their tin, over and over, “Zeba, Hippo, Rhino, Bear, Panda, EeEe (Monkey), Hawwee (Elephant), Beish (Giraffe), Gator, Tiga, Lepid, Gilla (Gorilla), lined them up on the floor, counted them again, put them back in the tin, lined them up on the table, put them back in the tin.  I walked around the block several times, slowly, slowly, turning around sometimes, looking at flowers and cars and trucks and the surface under my feet, splashing my shoes in puddles during the late afternoon, post-rainstorm walk.  I soaked my pants, going down a slide still beaded with raindrops, again and again, “Mimi too?  Mimi too?” until the slide was dry.

I spent the day with Emilio.  What a blast!


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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