Sunday, November 15, 2009

10, 2 and 4

Two nappy yellow tennis balls rest on the great green expanse of the court, somewhere between white lines bisecting territories and piles of crisp brown leaves gathering in the corners of the surrounding chain link fence. Lines and fences, containing, restraining, enabling the game.

Ten little fingers stretch, giving chase to the ball rolling away from your laughter, in the cool morning air, until you go tumbling after with my heart in tow. We lay, staring into fall clouds, erasing lines and fences, to include day dreams of puppy dogs, dragons and race car chases, among their billowy masses, in the wide open spaces.

Ten and two, they say is where you hold to maintain control, to keep between the lines, but life seems so much better sometimes, when I just let go the wheel.

Four arms splay, like snow angel makers, barely touching at the tips. We smile deep into each others eyes, you seeing someday, me where I have been. One day daddy, I'll be big like you. One day you will, but take your time son. Take your time.

Ten, two and four, on the side of a Dr. Pepper bottle, signifying times there is a natural drop in energy, when a soda or food might help you make it through the day.

Time with you might be, just what the Doctor ordered...

10, 2 and 4.

54 comments:

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I really like this one Brian! Great post!
:)

AngelMay said...

Nice, Brian.

Wings said...

Simple yet deep. Done oh so well, Brian. :)

Smart Mouth Broad said...

This was way more refreshing than a Dr. Pepper! And I love Dr. Pepper. Great post!

otin said...

Must be great to just let all of your troubles go away while you just spend quality time with your child!

I did not understand the Dr Pepper bottle paragraph? Remember, I am thick sometimes:)

TechnoBabe said...

Something as simple as rolling a tennis ball around inside an outdoor court can be an adventure when you share it with your child, huh. Kinda awesome to have your child look up to you like that.

smiles4u said...

Isn't it fun to just let go and have fun like this? I love it. I love that I have a good excuse for running around, laughing, jumping in the leaves, laying on the ground and looking at the sky,dancing and singing and just being plain silly. I really loved this post Brian. You kids are really lucky to have you for a dad!

The Retired One said...

I think of 10-2-4 as when my Grandma taught me how to play Cribbage.
How we'd giggle and stop so she could make her green tea and sip some from the saucer, calling me Lover...

Oh My Goddess said...

This was delightful!
~ Elise

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Sweet!

staceyjwarner said...

lovely, i love moments like this...

much love

blueviolet said...

I think I'm always going to remember those numbers now. :)

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Aren't kids just the best? On the ground, staring into the sky and just dreaming of all that is yet to be and all that has been. Great post!

Sandi McBride said...

Beautifully poetically written love. Thanks for sharing your talent
Sandi

Ronda Laveen said...

Very nice. Unlike, The Wizard of Otin, I do understand the Dr. Pepper paragraph. I remember reading what those number meant a long ways back in time. Yip, take your time, little man.

Hilary said...

Very nice. You bring those moments alive.

I had no idea about the 10 2 4 on Dr Pepper.. now I do. Thanks for that. :)

An Open Heart said...

LOVE IT......

gaelikaa said...

So true!

Baino said...

God so true! Even Clare as we were driving to work today (we car pool four days a week) said "I wish I was still at school . .we had so much time!" We are lucky having a big property and random home made put-put courses materialise now and then . . and some are not adverse to climbing trees . .

Chef Kar said...
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Chef Kar said...

So much brought to mind in so few words. Tennis balls: A game I so love and haven't yet found a reason to open the can of balls I lugged thousands of miles to use. 10 & 2: Life being manageable. Today it is more than it isn't. 10,2 & 4: The hours I'm usually reaching for my coffee, never having had a taste for soda. "I want to be big like you like you": Ah the desire to rush what we only want to savor with our children.

I had weepy eyes when chatting with my daughter this morning. She reassured me, "mom, I'm old enough now not to need my mommy right next door anymore". So very true, but now I'm old enough that I want to be. The days we were carefree snow angels seems too distant ~ I hope to relive them again soon when she joins me in Milan for a visit.

Again, you give me so many reasons to reflect. Thank you Brian.

~Kar

Protege said...

They say that children are the meaning with life.
I think this post seconds that.
Great writing as always. Hope you had a lovey weekend.
:)

Daniel said...

This was very sweet. Much enjoyed.

willow said...

Relish the time, Brian. They do grow up all too quickly. Sigh.

Mrsupole said...

Seriously, you should teach a mentoring class on how to be a great father or just how to enjoy life to the fullest.

I enjoy sharing these moments with your family. Thank you so much for always sharing them with us.

God bless.

Gaston Studio said...

Tears again Brian, and so early in the morning!

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!

Jill said...

Beautiful Brian...and such PRECIOUS times...hold tight! NEVER forget. A big job...but you are teaching those lil guys...they are soaking up every second...

Shadow said...

those moments have passed me by already. at 13 i have a boy who's trying so hard to impress on me how independant he is... oh to let go. not yet. i can't...

♥ Braja said...

Otin's not alone: I didn't get the Dr. Pepper thing either....

buffalodick said...

More than two sides to that coin!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Brilliantly deep yet simple... LOVE it! :)

Sam!! said...

Good one.. keep it up!

Take care

Crystal Jigsaw said...

How beautiful. Your posts often give me a warm glow in my heart, Brian.

CJ xx

Valerie said...

Nope, I didn't get the Doc.Pepper bit, but then I'm an alien. Loved these words.... Time with you might be just what the Doctor ordered... and enjoyed reading the post. A lot.

Kate Hanley said...

So nice. I sent my daughter to a babysitting class on Saturday so she could learn how to babysit - how did she get so big? Time with our kids, we do need to relish it.

Brian Miller said...

for the record...there was a study done quite a few years back that said there was a anatural drop in energy at 10:30, 2:30 and 4:30...Dr. Pepper latched onto this for their marketing at the time putting 10-2-4 on their bottles...if you eat or drink a refreshing Dr. Pepper at that time...you miss the drop. ok, so i got a little obscure...i figured tim mcgraw got away with it...lol.

thanks for the love all...i love these moments as well...sure there are others in between, but who wants to live in that?

Nancy said...

Great post. Funny but that is exactly when I want to eat! But two reminds me of my grandson, and being looked at with such inquisitveness and rapt attention.

kys said...

I think I like your writing even more than I like Dr. Pepper. (And that's saying something!)

Great message.

CatLadyLarew said...

It's ALWAYS time for Dr Pepper! Although, 10, 2 & 4 is a good start!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I can't wait until your kids are old enough to start writing their own blogs. I'd love to hear the stories repeated from their point of view. I'll bet it'd be amazing :-)

But they can take their time.

Great job.
jj

Pearl said...

Well said Brian. Simple is eloquent.

Pearl

Vodka Mom said...

fantastic.


and I LOVE Dr. Pepper.

tori said...

I could read your stuff all day...

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Ah Yes, Brian savor those moments. Keeping these recorded reflections and gifting them to your sons when grown, will only add to the delight of the years shared and yet to "unfold." This I know from having three adult sons and two grandchildren. Even my grandchildren take delight when I share my journal entries of time we shared many yesterday's ago.

Barry said...

Very very nicely said. I agree with Smart Mouth Broad, this was way more refreshing than a Dr. Pepper, but just what the doctor ordered.

tattytiara said...

Beautifully written, as always.

Couldn't help but be reminded of George Carlin's saying he preferred to keep his hands at 9:45 and 2:15 because it gave him an extra half hour to get where he's going.

And I'm also a huge Dr. Pepper fan, and now I really want one, but I also want a nice sunny day to drink it outside, too.

Jessie said...

moments with kids when they're young -- now "that's" living!

well done -- smiles,

Nessa said...

Very clever and interesting.

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Blondie said...

Great post! Thanks for your sweet comments on my Louise Brooks post..Hope you are having a wonderful night. Kori xoxo

Candie Bracci said...

And again!That was a great post!Ad yes "take your time" is the right answer!I wish I could be 6 again!You didn't write 6 here so I will say 4!

Suldog said...

Damn nice. I come here, but often don't comment (which is somewhat rude, of course) but this one couldn't go without. Very well done.

...mmm... said...

How sweet, Brian. Tennis with ones kids and Doctor Peppers to boot. for now, they rest in their childhood with you alongside. Very dear.

MomsJournal said...

That's so sweet. It is precious time. ;-)

Pat said...

I just LOVE this one! Well written and full of love!