It’s been a long winter.
I’m so ready for sunshine and outdoor fun.
The Robert Louis Stevenson poem, “Bed in Summer” comes to mind, as it almost always does, when I think about the change from the darkness of winter to the longer days of summer light.
And that reminds me of little ones, exhausted from play, resisting nap time, because “it’s too nice to go to sleep.”
The model on the cover is our first daughter, over thirty years ago, who finally collapsed on our basement apartment floor, with her over-sized Tweety Bird as a pillow.
I hope they help parents, grandparents and any other care givers who find themselves in need of something to sooth a pre-schooler or elementary school child into an afternoon rest.
Did You Ever See a Whale?
Did you ever see a whale swimming out in the sea
Jump high above the waves as the wind blew free?
No, I never saw a whale. But I have a little fish.
And he swims just as fast and as free as you could wish.
Did you ever see a tiger in the tall, waving grass
Move as silent as the night, letting no one pass?
No, I never saw a tiger. But I did see my cat
In the tall grass of the garden and she moved just like that.
Did you ever see a jungle, where the thick green vines
Made a home for snakes and parrots and monkeys all to climb?
No, I never saw a jungle. But I do have a yard
With trees and birds and squirrels — so believing isn’t hard.
Did you ever take a rocket to the top of the sky
And look down on all the people as the world passed by,
And see stars and space and planets just as far as you could look?
No, I never rode a rocket. But I did read a book!