My eight-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth, and I were kicking back in her room and riding the drafts of imagination wherever they might fly. As this particular story unfolded, we were sitting next to her small desk and cutting up downy feathers from a craft variety pack of “stuff”. I, regrettably, was big-time antsy, a sciatic nerve challenging me to find a comfortable spot on an uncomfortable, child-sized chair. Nonetheless, I was enjoying the easy banter and the sudden twists and turns that often come when Elizabeth has taken the lead. We were cutting the feathers up into small bits, as I recall, to create a soft garment for the imaginary store we were “hired” to supply.
Well, the bag of feathers was large, and after a while, I thought that maybe we had cut enough for the purpose at hand, but she informed me that wasn’t the case, and so we continued our tedious task. A little later, again I raised the same possibility, plus maybe her room was getting a little messy, fluffy down, by then, flying everywhere I looked. I further threw in the thought that perhaps her parents would be unhappy if we cut up each and every feather she had. Not even bothering to look up at me, Elizabeth continued to cut. Finally, as we just about reached the bottom of the bag, and I had thrown out my last obsessive gambit, the philosopher in Elizabeth announced with thoughtful aplomb, “You know, Papa, life is more than feathers.” Amen, Elizabeth! Amen!
© 2014 Dennis Ference
I sends Elizabeth a big hug❤😄😄
She would love it. She’s a big hugger.
Wonderful story, Dennis! Kids will do whatever they can to spend some time with those they love. What a cherished memory for both of you. Thanks for sharing and lifting my spirits today 🙂
Thank you! It’s comments like your’s that helps to make the sharing seem worthwhile.
You’re welcome 🙂
Oh how I love this story!! If we would really LISTEN to children they could teach us everything we need to know about the world! And I am sending you healing white energy to help ease your back pain! ❤
Thanks for the healing energy. It’s feeling much better these days. And yes to your comment about children. My grandchildren have all been fountains of wisdom that I treasure immensely.
Dennis…we can feel through your writing how you honor these little people in your life…it is beautiful and I know that it has an immensely profound effect on these little souls. ❤
There are so many blessings possible for us grandparent types. Peace, Lorrie.
You know, your Elizabeth is a wise young soul.
That she is. She is a remarkable child that astounds me often.
out of the mouths of children…