Today it’s hard to concentrate. I’ll be taking a week off because our daughter is coming all the way from Los Angeles to visit us in Idaho.
If you’ve been to my other site, Read-Aloud, Read-Along with Susan Call Hutchison, you have seen pictures of this daughter.
So today, I am excitedly cleaning out the refridgerator and cupboards, airing out the extra bedding and planning picnics and day trips to parks and places that have meaning for our family.
We’ll be celebrating Fathers Day, (for her father and grandfather) a late birthday for me, and a general celebration of summer.
We plan to visit the ghost town in eastern Idaho where her grandfather’s grandfather, Chester Vinson Call, homesteaded, along with many of his brothers and siters and their uncle Chester Call in the mid 1800’s.
Grandpa Chester Vinson Call is standing, second from the right. The others in the photo are his brothers and sisters, all children of Anson Vosco Call.
Fathers, Grandfathers and Family
I will leave you with a poem I wrote for Fun Time Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Poems of Work and Play.
I wanted to catch the excitement of cousins meeting for the first time. I think it will work for Fathers Day, and then will hold up through this week of family reunion.
Your family lives so far away,
We’ve never had a chance to play.
So that’s why Grandpa had us meet
At his house as a special treat.
You must have had a long, long ride.
Come on, I’ll show you what’s outside.
The grownups have a lot to say.
So we can take some time to play.
I’ll race you to the willow tree!
There’s something there you have to see.
Grandpa made a swing for us
With a huge tire from an old school bus!
Grandpa’s garden has a brook
With a little bridge and if you look
Under the arch you’ll find a pair
Of great big goldfish living there.
I don’t think there’s a better place
To watch a fish or swing or race.
It’s almost like our Grandpa knew
That one day here’s where I’d meet you.
I think it’s great that Grandpa had
Two sons who each is now a Dad,
And we are cousins come to stay
For Grandpa’s family holiday!
Have a wonderful week. I’ll be looking forward to answering your comments — but maybe not until our daughter is on the airplane home!