Monday, October 1, 2012

For want of a nail---

don't let him fool you, he thought it was funny too 

Coming back from the bookstore,
by the church with a yard of headstones
aglow in the half-light of fading day
and empty windows

Taylor Swift on the radio, 'Race cars
on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs...'
turned up to drown out the sing-along

my youngest son, as if just remembering
and fearful he would soon forget, exclaims
'i need a nail for school tomorrow!'

and without a breath my oldest asks,
'a fingernail or a toenail?' and we laugh
the rest of the way home

an audible hug, as soft as cat feet
nails clicking on the linoleum

so good, our sides hurt

& maybe
you just have to be here.

Don't usually post on Mondays, but...Happy Monday everyone. Hope you have a great week.

68 comments:

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian...

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"an audible hug, as soft as cat feet
nails clicking on the linoleum
so good, our sides hurt
& maybe
you just have to be here."


...Thanks, for sharing a funny moment with your sons in your poetic words.

Happy Monday...to you, and your readers and the picture Of your son is...too funny!

deedee :)

kaykuala said...

Happy Monday Brian! Sure great fun when one can have kids around! Nicely!

Hank

the walking man said...

Go snatch a railroad spike quickly the bus is coming. You have a good family going on there Brian. Stay the course.

Goofball said...

it's funny


an audible hug...what a sweet image!

manicddaily said...

This is so charming. (You didn't have to be there to get it- it's very fun.) k.

Mary said...

Those simple moments of laughter are the best, Brian! You made ME smile this morning. Some day your sons will enjoy this poem!

sonny said...

i like out of the blue blog posts the best...you have a great week too brian...:)

JStar said...

Very cute and refreshing...These moments with our kids where we can just be silly!

Heaven said...

he..he...those spontaneous moments with the children are the best Brian ~

Happy Monday to you ~

Modern Day Disciple said...

ewwwwwwwwwww. Just kidding, sweet moment. I am there laughing with you! Happy Monday, Brian!

DCW said...

Thankyou for the Monday smile.

Anyes said...

I love the painting you created in my mind of the laughter you shared with your family.

Happy Monday to you too :-)

Other Mary said...

Happy Monday Brian. What a heartwarming way to start. Thanks :o)

DJan said...

Yes, Happy Monday! I enjoyed it, not needing it to be obscure to like it. You've got a great family, Brian! :-)

Betsy Brock said...

hilarious...might be one of those family stories that has to be retold every holiday...lol....

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love those moments!!! And you guys will probably laugh about it over and over in days to come too. :)

Annmarie Pipa said...

haha.
wow! thinking on Sunday about what he needs for Monday...AMAZING!

The Empress said...

No. You don't have to be there.

Kids are so wonderful, and the joy I feel from them is the realest I've ever felt in my life.

xo

Tara Miller said...

I'm still laughing as I read and recall this again. hee hee

Lorraine said...

it's so right. So beautiful. YOu have the best family ever children and of course your Tara, and goes without saying you! toe Nail? lol gosh they make me chuckles thank you

SueAnn Lommler said...

Good one...perfect timing!!
Ha
Hugs
SUeAnn

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha just make sure it's a clean one
And no dirt or such is given a run
Could then grow into zombie nail
That would make the teacher wail

Valerie said...

Oh I love those spontaneous moments, when the little things make us laugh.

MorningAJ said...

That's so sweet!

Alice Audrey said...

Maybe you had to be there, but I'm giggling here.

Hilary said...

Oh that's sweet. Your funny man reminds me of my younger one as a child.. and still. ;)

hedgewitch said...

Love the cat feet--and no one is as funny as kids. Happy Monday, and this poem sounds like it fits right in with that concept.

Raven said...

This line for me sums up perfectly how you feel about your boys and I just love it! "an audible hug, as soft as cat feet."

PattiKen said...

Happy Monday to you too. Don't uou love the quick repartee the little ones are so capable of? Some of my favorite memories are of the apropos one-liners my kids have dropped at a moment's notice.

Eva Gallant said...

Love the "audible hug" which shared laughter often is with family.

Grandmother said...

You can have those great, funny-if-you're-there moments with kids! Thanks for telling yours.

Gloria said...

Just Lovely Brian!:)
Have a nice Monday and nice week!
I love these moments with the kids!

AmyLK said...

Happy Monday! I love those moments, funny only if you're there.

Myrna R. said...

Glad you did post. Your son has a great sense of humor. Didn't have to be there to get it. Love the idea of an audible hug, but I can only send you a silent one. Happy Monday to you.

Rachel said...

your son is a darling and a gem. a poet in the making, like his dad.

Claudia said...

nice!! love those moments of carefree laughter with the kids..your son has a good sense of humor..i like..smiles

Geraldine said...

Giggles...love it! Your son is quite a chip off the old block I think, he looks like you too Brian.

Happy Week, G

Jeannine Breton said...

nice....brings back memories....when my sons made us laugh at that age. An audible hug...enjoy thes years Bri.....they fly. Have a great week.

happygirl said...

Clever kid. Oh I love it when I can't stop laughing over something. I think it's the BEST exercise. :)

sage said...

He had a nice taste for hats! Go Steelers!

Nimue said...

haha !
and who would have though the school asked easy stuff ;)

Laura said...

I'm right there with you...LOVE those precious moments!

Daydreamertoo said...

An audible hug... Brlliant! I can just hear all those giggles... Wonderful.

darsden said...

I love it and it was funny! Comedian that one :-)

Anna Montgomery said...

Very nice, there's little better than giggling, for my girls it's tail wagging but the same sense of togetherness.

FrankandMary said...

An audible hug. Lovely.

Daniel said...

Sweet! Loved it.

ayala said...

Funny :)

lori mcclure said...

I love those sweet moments of laughter that won't seem to stop. Thanks for sharing it with us, too. Cute pic :)

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Don't you love moments like that??!! Hugs and smiles to you on this Hot Monday!

RMP said...

a quick whit that older one has. I thoroughly enjoyed a good laugh myself!

Teri said...

This is wonderful Brian! I understand that kind of sense of humor...the kind that just tickles to the core and the laughing becomes contagious and looking makes it happen even harder and longer. Lucky you...a chuckle with your boys. What could be better!!

bluecottonmemory said...

As a Mother of Sons only - I am there! LOL - Boy humor is one of my very favorite things! BTW - he's adorable! A definite keeper!

I am also always amazed at how they remember must-have things for school when the stores just closed!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely tender moment.

Dana Dampier said...

It's often the little things that can put a smile on your face and make your day bright.

My friend Khara House made my new header for me. I'm not sure how she did it, but I know she used some sort of program. I needed to spruce things up a bit!

Fred Rutherford said...

fun captured moment here. love the way you captured the the mood and atmosphere so thoroughly in such a limited space. Fun read. Thanks

Susan Deborah said...

With children no moment is a dull one.

Joy and more joy,
Susan

my heart's love songs said...

lovely, Brian!

i hope you have a great week and a wonderful October!

Dave King said...

Ha! Really enjoyed that! Smart kid.

Pat said...

Ah, this made me laugh! Thanks for sharing a funny moment with your kids!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

i love when kids have this kind of fun moment.

JJRod'z

mentioned you in my BLUEBELL interview...

Mrsupole said...

I think you described it well enough for us to have almost been there.

God bless.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I love the moments of silliness with kids.

william said...

your work always has room for the kids and it is evident you adore them, wish there was more dads like you :) smiles.

Sheila said...

too cute! I love it when we have to good belly-laughs here too. Such a stark contrast to the boy you write about in a later post.

Syd said...

The nail reminds me of one of those boxes filled with nails from which one could make an impression with a hand. Really cool gadget. Not sure what it is called but is interesting.

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