An Ordinary Day with an Extraordinary Girl

I open the screen door to the porch and make my way toward their back door. Sometimes I’ll see Dad in the doorway as he puts the finishing touches on my daughter’s coffee that she takes with her to work.  Many times I see no one until I step inside and look to my right and there I find the small child that delights my heart sitting on the sofa with her iPad on her lap.  Still in her “jammies”, she barely glances at me until I engage her with questions about the story she’s engrossed in.  “Mira, are you watching that three little pigs and the big, bad wolf video again?”

heavy humid air
lies still across the Ganga
blue crabs scuttle home

Please join us for Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets where Toni asks us to write on ordinary, everyday goings on in our lives.

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  1. Delightful, and there is so much that’s extra ordinary in the ordinary.

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  2. Writing with perfection. I stepped in the room with you and felt and saw all that you did.

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  3. This is so wonderful… the way she is so totally absorbed in the movie. It must be wonderful to have her sweet presence in your life.

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  4. What a wonderful every day part of life! Mira is such a joy.

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  5. What could be better than a grandchild? Lovely, tender insight into your (extra)ordinary day. Give Mira a hug for me.

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  6. What a splendid daily routine! This made me smile.

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  7. Kids are so precious in their jammies, can’t place why. Especially with the feet on them

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  8. Glenn Buttkus

     /  June 6, 2016

    We have 7 grandchildren now, & we kept two of them under five over night this week end. We have a park nearby, & they got to play on the zip line. I do feel sorry for those few that do not experience the joy of grandparenting.

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    • I’ve yet to have Mira spend the night but she’ll be four in September and may be ready to sleep away from Mom and Dad soon. A zip line sounds fun! I would love to have at least one more grandchild… 🙂

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  9. So precious to share the time with grandchildren ~ Enjoy your time with her ~

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  10. You paint a perfect landscape. I was there.

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  11. I can see that curly-haired beautiful little girl who delights your heart. Wonderful she has her Nana in her everyday life. You make the ordinary extraordinary for each other.

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  12. Precious… with a perfect haiku!

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  13. I find the small child that delights my heart
    sitting on the sofa with her iPad on her lap

    Youngsters these days can’t wait to start ‘clicking’ during their waking hours. As long as nothing untoward it can be allowed. Rightly so Gayle!

    Hank

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    • She knew how to turn on the iPad and scroll before she could talk! I think children come hardwired for technology these days, Hank. She likes to go on “adventures” outside too so she’s not staring at the screen all day…thank goodness.

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  14. How beautiful, Gayle. I love this slice of life.

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  15. I love this, Gayle!

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    • Thank you, Jennifer!

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    • Jennifer, I see the comments that have been left for your haibun but I don’t see a way to leave a comment! Sorry, I hope you see this! But I was touched by your poem about the monotony of preparing packed lunches for your boys. I think it’s called love when you do all those day-to-day activities (that can sometimes make our brains go numb) in spite of being bored silly. Your tears were very touching…

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      • Hi, Gayle! Thanks for your lovely compliment. I think you mentioned having trouble commenting on my blog before. Not sure why that is, but thank you for coming by to read. Enjoy your day~

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  16. Children are such a joy and you have brought that joy to life in your haibun. Gayle. Hopefully I will be a grandmother soon!

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  17. Such a lovely scene you’ve painted. ❤

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  18. The haiku is such a restful conclusion to the prose.

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    • Thank you, Petru. The family has a pond on their property that they call the Ganga and there are blue crab holes all around it. Mira and I go on walks to peek inside…sometimes we catch someone at home!

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      • I made a tiny pond here too and go check on the residents everyday! The plop and Basho is now synonymous! 🙂 I’ll admit to having a terrifying moment for the sake of the child reading the piggies and the wolf story. Could’ve been ominous. The haiku reassured me. 🙂

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        • Ponds are so charming. A neighbor has invited Mira and I to visit her pond to feed the fish and turtles whenever we want. It’s one of our “adventures” that we like to go on. That particular video about the three little pigs is pretty tame, Petru. Mira’s parents (and me too) are careful to not let her watch things that may be too scary. I’m glad the haiku calmed you. 🙂

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  19. This sounds like such a peaceful, joyful, ordinary morning. How nice that this is your day to day…

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  20. I love the paring of the closeness of your family with the blue crabs scuttling home. Delightful!

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  21. Thanks for a peek into your happy domestic scene, even as blue crabs scuttle home. We were blessed with two new grand daughters in May…such precious gifts they are!

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  22. How fortunate to be living so close to the family and grand baby…Exudes a very warm feeling.

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  23. I’ve discovered that there is nothing ordinary about any moment when you are fully present and notice it as if it was the first time ever. It’s not easy to sustain that wonderment, but if I can remember to “forget and just be the wide-eyed observer” one or two moments a day, something about my whole disposition changes for quite a long time.

    Lovely writing, as always, Gayle!

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    • That wonderment is easier to capture when you have a small child to share the moment with for sure. I like your description of the “wide-eyed observer”, Lorna. I still can get pretty wide-eyed at times especially around nature.

      And thanks so much, Lorna!

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  24. Those seemingly ordinary moments can be so rich in love and appreciation. You have really captured them here.

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  25. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  June 11, 2016

    Lovely! How special.

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  26. SMiLes.. Nature are wE
    in Kindergarten clothes
    iN eYes of Roses
    FloWeRinG In
    River beds
    oF Love GroWing
    hiGher wateREd
    bY LoVe Of
    wE noW..

    Gardens Rose
    kiNdergardening
    Love..:)

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