For Abbey - February 19, 2016, on her second birthday.
I held out my hand and yours clutched around my finger.
We stepped out onto the empty street
Each step a careful new beginning;
Looking down we watched our shadows lead us,
not knowing or caring where they took us or how long it would take.
The sun was bright and the wind quick,
A breezy reminder that winter still lingered somewhere in the clouds.
We stretched out our arms wide
You were so little you almost sailed away;
And clenched my finger tight.
I would have sailed with you.
Up in the sky a bird was gliding from barren tree to barren tree.
Her wings too big and the trees too bare, she could not hide from us.
And you squealed with joy.
We crossed the yard and waved to cows munching dry grass.
You attempted their language; they replied with blank stares.
Still, you smiled.
A big and simple day.
Winter's reprieve, if only for a moment,
Let a girl explore her world through brand new eyes,
And let her mommy do the same.