Grandma & Poppy

Poppy is really enjoying her visit with Grandma Kaye … or Granny … or Grandma …
She hasn’t decided what she wants to be called yet. We’re considering some international options. “Grandma” in Dutch is “Grootmoeder.” In Chinese, it’s “NaiNai.” I’m kind of partial to that. Here are a few others from Banana Nana:

  • Abuelita
  • Ama
  • Baba
  • Bebe
  • Besta (Norwegian)
  • Bumblebee
  • G-diddy
  • KK (that’s appropriate)
  • Tutu
  • YaYa
  • "To Play Pianissimo"

    American Life in Poetry: Column 043

    By Ted Kooser
    U.S. poet laureate
    Lola Haskins, who lives in Florida, has written a number of poems about musical terms, entitled “Adagio,” “Allegrissimo,” “Staccato,” and so on. Here is just one of those, presenting the gentleness of pianissimo playing through a series of comparisons.

    To Play Pianissimo
    Does not mean silence.
    The absence of moon in the day sky
    for example.

    Does not mean barely to speak,
    the way a child’s whisper
    makes only warm air
    on his mother’s right ear.

    To play pianissimo
    is to carry sweet words
    to the old woman in the last dark row
    who cannot hear anything else,
    and to lay them across her lap like a shawl.

    From “Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems,” BOA Editions, Rochester, NY. Copyright (c) 2004 by Lola Haskins and reprinted by permission of the author and the publisher. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.

    How big is bunny?

    After weeks of working toward sitting up, Poppy is finally able to do it! At least, she can sit up for long enough for me to take a picture. As long as she doesn’t try to lean in any direction. But hey, it’s progress! She’s getting so big!

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