Poetry Sparks

A commons for sharing images, quotes, stories, and observations that - given the right mix of oxygen and kindling - might ignite a little poetic inspiration...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ice skates

We babysat for some friends last night, finding ourselves in the delightful presence of three and five-year old girls. While I worked on dinner, they drew on a piece of easel pad paper strewn on the kitchen floor, decorating it with squiggles, flowers, and shell necklaces (like Ariel wears in The Little Mermaid). Later, while her sister went outside to play with the dogs, the three-year old stood up and with a running start, leaped over one of the pages, nearly taking a spill on the hardwood. I warned her to leap carefully since the paper was slippery. Shortly after another daring leap and near spill, she sat on the floor and started cutting out pieces of paper to fit the bottom of her shoes. "Look!," she declared proudly, "ice skates!", at which point she stood up on her ice skates and slid around the linoleum. Ahh, the fresh imagination of children!


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