It was a dark and stormy night when Tina was born.
The call came about 1:30 a.m. Maria had gone into labor, but didn’t think I needed to come right away. RIGHT! Richard packed me a snack and I left in a blinding January blizzard.
My original plan to drive on the right side of the highway (a plan probably shared by many drivers here in the West) quickly gave way to Plan B—stay between the ditches. Under 10 miles an hour and sometimes under 5, eyes straining to see even a foot in front of the car, on guard for slanting pavement that would indicate I was inches from either ditch . . . I crawled.
The storm abated as I approached the city, and I arrived at the hospital well before Tina made her entrance.
How can I describe the joy of holding my featherweight, peaceful, already very much loved baby granddaughter minutes after her arrival?
Her cousin Tommy entered the world in fine weather, but with hospital drama worthy of at least a modest soap opera episode.
Tommy’s ten now and Tina’s turning eleven. I have many stories to share with you about these fascinating, very funny, kind, profound and occasionally “challenging” grandchildren. I think you’ll find some of the posts amusing, like “Engineer” and “The Man Who Walks Alone.” I hope others, such as “Even a Child”, “I’m Scared” and “I Share Tina,” will inspire you.
On April 13, 2015, two-year-old May became the youngest member of George and Lisa’s family. May’s foster mom, Tricia, began visiting May in the hospital when she was a premie, and the two developed a strong bond. Now May, absolutely secure in Tricia’s love, has settled in very nicely with her new mom and dad, and big brother Tommy.
And then came tiny Rosa–baby sister to Tommy and May–heralded by my very first effort at premie poetry.
Tina and her mom flew down east to pick up Eliana in the summer of 2016. Birth sister to May, this little one is an answer to Tina’s and Maria’s prayers for another child to join their family.
Now I have a website with picture books inspired by Tommy and Tina. Scissortown is pure fantasy . . . no, not quite. Tommy’s and Tina’s real personalities shine through this tale of Neat and Tidyland, disrupted by Slicers and Dicers who wreak havoc until–
Who to the rescue but the cousins?
Marie and Mr. Bee is the tale of a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, and a forever friendship follow.
Scissortown is available in paperback and as an enhanced e-book with audio narration and word-by-word highlighting. The highlighting can be useful for children who are learning to read. Scissortown and Marie and Mr. Bee are the only children’s books for children that I know with a choice of faith-based or secular applications at the very end.
Coming soon–what does an enterprising little rabbit do when he finds the library closed for inventory? Little Rabbit’s Own Storybook, a celebration of initiative, creativity and all things bookish, is due to release in late 2016.
Please come for a visit! http://www.grandmasbookshelf.net/