Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gone...

With much to write and no heart to write it until I write this:

They are

sunshine sparkling on water droplets

giggles
snorts
laughter

petty arguments and
shiny moments of unexpected kindness

a small hand in mine

three pairs of blue eyes and
one pair of hazel

tugging and dragging and pulling me everywhere at once

"Mommy Mommy Mommy!"

piles of love
love so thick it sits on me like a second skin

easy tears and easy smiles

swimming in stuffed animals
tree climbers
artists
avid readers

endless questions

hugs
kisses
bedtime stories
lullabies

(I try to fill them up enough to last five more months).

They are

perfect
beautiful
brilliant.

Mine.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

There's Something Fishy...

The Desjardini Sailfin Tang floats in the shadow of an underwater grotto.

(I like that word. It's one of my favorites right now: grotto. Grotto-o-o-o. It's fun. Say it.)

Decorated with a striation of black and yellow stripes, the tang's flared dorsal fin creates a stunning, patterned arc along its back.

(Commas are awesome. Remember what Leia said to Han? "Why you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy looking, Nerfherder!" See how awesome commas are?)

Delicate pectoral fins maneuver the fish around rock formations. The transparent wings look too insubstantial to thrust the fish through the water, but it darts -- lightning fast -- into its cave when I approach.

(Dashes are cool too. Ask Emily Dickinson.)

The sailfin feeds on hair algae, a plant that waves through water like the mane of a mermaid.

(Similes are like tulips.)

The tang is shy, waiting to feed until no movement outside the tank can be seen.

(Here fishie, fishie.)

The newest addition to our tank is a Desjardini Sailfin Tang. His name is Archimedes.

(He's cute.)