Ezekiel is old enough now that when I go downstairs into the basement to put canning jars on shelves or to start a load of laundry, he knows that I haven't mysteriously disappeared but, instead, I've descended into a wonderful place from which we bar him. He lingers by the door and tries to wrap his chubby fingers around the doorknob, to no avail, and babbles to himself, no doubt trying to solve the Conundrum of the Closed Door. Sometimes on my way back up the deep-shadowed steps, I pause, his toes at eye level, and watch him move back and forth in the light.
-During Story Log time, Haven strikes us dumb with his beautifully crafted poem-- the one he wrote with furrowed brow at the kitchen table while asking, "How do you spell...?" His soul shines golden.
-Gussie's laughter bursts out of him unannounced without abandon or a hint of warning
-Simeon's bum. Oh, Simeon! I don't even know where to start with you.
-Henry, elf-like still, tears around like a madcap
-Sweetest Ezra. Soft skin. Sunbeam baby.
-Sarah's cooking! She is the best cook. (Superlative!) Sally from Ohia? She IS superlative!
-Pete's coffee! The BEST COFFEE THAT ANYONE HAS EVER BREWED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!
Humbug. Who needs words? Here are snapshots, instead.
Simeon remains obsessed with all things "so little and cute." He and Debbie play with the little, cute man made from John's pipecleaner.
...which, granted, is only a schoolhouse, but it's for sale, and I can peek over Pete and Sarah's hedge and see it next door, plus it has ceilings even taller than theirs, and its interior hides a blackboard stretching 40 feet across a wall, and it had a fire escape that featured a slide on which one could whoosh to safety in the event of a fire.
I love older houses-- their architecture, their mysterious, little crannies, their jaw-droppingly high ceilings. I hope someone comes along, pours a few pennies and love into the place, and fills it to the brim with children.
Can you tell I was taken with it? Right before we left, I ran over and snapped a few pictures, so you can be taken with it, too.