Thursday, March 17, 2011

Owen Helps In Every Way

Here's something I learned today- picking and cleaning and cutting and cooking a washtub full of greens is not necessarily easier with an almost eighteen-month old boy's help. Man, you should have seen that boy throwing greens around the kitchen! Those collards were flying!
Here's what Owen learned- dogs don't like greens. But chickens do, and goats? Well, they rip those suckers UP!
Mules like them okay too.
And so do turkeys.

Yes. It's been a big day here.

And right now Owen has had his bath and his baby massage and his bookie and he is crying in his bed. I won't let him cry very long. I can't stand it. I got him to sleep for his nap by stroking his face and singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."
That was about the sweetest thing ever. In this world. That I ever did.

But it was a short nap and I know he's tired. We did so much today. So much. And we had so much fun. I just can't even begin to tell you how grand it is to be a grandmother. Wasn't it just yesterday I was fantasizing about how wonderful it was going to be to have Owen in the garden with me, helping me feed the chickens? And here he is, doing those things. And so much more than I ever could have even imagined.

Oh damn. The dogs are barking. Owen is now wailing. My heart is breaking.
The greens are cooking. The kitchen is in chaos.

And one more thing- Owen learned about feedback today with the Fischer Price My First Tape Player and Recorder. That sucker is about twenty years old and it's still awesome and it was like having Jimi Hendrix, right there in the kitchen while I was frantically chopping greens.

Yeah. Peaceful. Calming. Soothing.

Well, I think he may be asleep. I think I may go kill my dogs. I think I better go clean the kitchen.

I think I am the luckiest woman in the world.


  1. oh, I've missed you..
    I visited briefly just to get a little Ms. Moon fix, but I have to catch up properly.

    I am so so glad you had a fabulous time away, and that coming home to your place felt like just that, coming home.

    love you

  2. I wish that I could come right over right now.

  3. deb- And now I am going away again! Oh dear. But I am glad you are back. We missed you too!

    Elizabeth- So do I! And the kitchen is cleaned up and Owen is asleep and the floor is relatively swept and the laundry is in the dryer and WHERE THE HELL AM I GOING TO PUT THESE COLLARD GREENS IN THE REFRIGERATOR? I'm sure you could help me with that. Plus, we could sit down and enjoy this beautiful evening together. Oh my heart.

  4. ah, lovely.
    this seemed like a song to me.
    i love the image of the collards flying.
    i think if i walked into your kitchen with you and elizabeth sitting there i wouldn't be able to help smiling all my troubles away.

  5. Dear Ms Moon, you never stop! I'm glad you have such a lovely time with Owen xx

  6. Bethany- Oh! I hope so! I wish it could be so, dear love.

    Christina- I certainly never knew I would be this busy at this point in time in my life. It's quite amazing, really, to me.

  7. Lucky indeed, and all those mixed emotions and experiences like the varying tastes of the animals. Wonderful.

  8. I should have said: DON'T KILL PEARL! Nature will take care of that soon enough.


  9. Nice. I don't see how you handle all that you do.

  10. Marie used to just get into the basket. Also slows things down, but so sweetly.


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