"Grandfather wake up!" Sydnie loudly announced at seven thirty in the morning, not at all in the weak voice that she performed last night. Oh wait she is healed and the day begins with a giant sized bowl of frosted flakes and a pure chocolate candy bar washed down with Pepsi. Now that is a breakfast even Grandfather approves of and gleefully joins. We start our day painting a picture & making prayer sticks while listening to cartoons and then we eat our turkey & cheese sandwiches with Funyuns for lunch. Oh this child is the perfect partner for an old spoiled Grandfather. Miss Teena left early to open the Gallery for the day.( I think she needed her time away from the harmonious homelife of a nine & a hundred twelve year old running on sugar) . I noticed that Sydnie was a little bit bored and so we put our shoes on our feet, gathered a couple of walking sticks, bundled up in our coats and headed for a hike. "Grandfather look" Sydnie says as she points to the deer tracks left in the mud, I love to take hikes with the kids & granddaughters, over the years we have discovered so many awe inspiring creations shared by Mother Earth. About an hour into our adventure I suddenly point out a white spotted owl flying through the trees above and Miss Sydnie & I talk about how & why owls can fly without making noise. Back in the deep woods is what I call the forgotten pond and Sydnie discovers a tree stump that a beaver had cut with his sharp teeth to build his home. Another hour and Grandfather insist on sitting down in the tall grass to just enjoy the prairie ( and to catch his breath & calm his shakey legs) and watch the clouds dance! After a few "I'm ready to go home" remarks of impatience from Miss Sydnie we head to the house for a cool drink of water. I open the old rusted barbed wire gate and as Miss Sydnie cautiously passes I see it. The most vivid red cardinal (my Grandmother's favorite bird) fluttering about in a cedar tree as if to remind me to recognize the importance of this journey I shared with Miss Sydnie today. Sallem took Miss Sydnie to the Doctor and it is not chicken pox, the kid has shingles, and much to my disappointment she is back in the classroom today. I'm thinking with a little help from Grandfather and a red magic marker she might just come down with a severe case of measles next week!
Sharing the Journey,