They’ve Grown a Little

DSC_0225-1 It’s been awhile since you’ve seen the kids, can you tell they’ve grown?


DSC_0439-15They still look out of their eyes at me the same way. I hope that never changes. The rest of their anatomy can just grow up around the portals to their soul and let their eyes remain unchanged. Unjaded. Unblemished. Believing.

I figure I still got a few years left.

A few other things are still the same around here.


DSC_0267-3Daisy. She’s still fat.

Me. I’m still fat. I don’t have a picture but we look quite a bit alike.


DSC_0434-13Other than that we’ve just been sitting around doing nothing.


DSC_0214-1Oh, except for a graduation.


DSC_0162-4Oh yes, and a Prom.


IMG_5410-4The rest of the days were spent looking out at the horizon wondering what life was bringing next.


DSC_0462-16Today it brought a trip to the waterfall park.


DSC_0354-4Remember the waterfall park?


DSC_0263-2You’ve got to leave your shoes behind.


DSC_0382-6You know it’s going to be a great place if you have to leave your shoes behind.


DSC_0370-5The water wasn’t very deep, but it was deep enough to do this.

Wading and splashing is all you really need to do if there is a promise of peril on the horizon. Peril is just to the left there, out of frame. It’s a roaring 50 foot drop over the falls.


DSC_0385-7He’s looking at it now. The place The Mom will not let him go.

Would they stay alive without us?  I’m thinking it would be Lord of the Flies and broken eyeglasses all over again.


DSC_0390-10Tristan has found a way.  “No, you can’t go into the middle, the current is too strong,” I said. Would you believe he’s in ankle deep water here?


DSC_0389-9It’s an optical illusion.


DSC_0388-8Trust a boy to find a way to vicariously participate in shoulder deep water.

But where’s the girl?  The girl loves this place.  Do you know what she’d be doing if she were here?


DSC_0175-1Catching frogs.

Her brother saw this picture and pronounced her eyes the same color as a toad.

Alas, she is not here. She is in California and my heart is with her.

Maybe that’s why the dishes aren’t getting done , my heart just isn’t in it.


DSC_0404-12McKenna, come home soon, we all miss you. Daisy is getting fatter by the day.

The dishes are piling up.


DSC_0471-7And we’re all missing the girl with the toad-colored eyes.

6 Responses to They’ve Grown a Little
  1. Betsy Derr
    June 28, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Oh, Missy! I’ve missed your posts!
    I saw you commented earlier on the post about Glen Keane and this post of yours reminds me of his book Adam Raccoon at Forever Falls.
    I think you’re lying about sitting around doing nothing!
    Love you,

    • Missy Jill
      June 28, 2014 | 8:37 am

      You got it! Betsy, even from 4,527 miles away your perceptive powers have won the day. I’m glad you still get me after all these years.

  2. Angie Maniam
    June 28, 2014 | 7:45 am

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you. The lie is obviously about your being fat. 🙂

    • Missy Jill
      June 28, 2014 | 8:44 am

      I like it. Let’s spin it in that direction. Will you be my stylist?

  3. Sherri Len
    June 30, 2014 | 7:48 pm

    Hi Missy! I’ve sent a few emails to you this past winter/spring…don’t know if you received them or not. If your address has changed, please let me know! Your kids are wonderful, beautiful, handsome, and fun!

  4. Anna-E
    May 4, 2015 | 8:14 pm

    I have missed you guys so much! I was just checking to see if maybe you updated and you did! I can’t believe how grown up everyone is, makes me feel so very old. Glad you were back for a checkin and hope you pop back soon.

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