Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Drink

"Momma, I got a drink with this," A chunk of old cushion foam.


"I'll show you how I do it. We just dip it in and just," she opens her mouth and sucks the water out. Then, she dunks it again, "See?"

"Oh, I see."

Jane grins, "Yeah, I just dip it in and drink it."

Jack rounds the corner. A wadded dish towel drips on his toes.

"Oh Lucy, MAN!" The kitchen floor split into a lake, they haul bath towels and more bowls and rip the foam piece into three chunks and drink and drink.

Then they carry their vats outside. "Momma we have way too many sponges in the bowl. You can come out here and drink a little water with us in the shade." Before I answer they disappear, flop out on the back grass.

"Can we invite Logan and Thad over? Because we have too many sponges. Can we invite Logan and Thad over to drink a little?" They sprawl out on elbows and drink up lakes of summer.


97. Birthday cake.

98. Pudgy arms squeezed and squished into new dress until a seam unravels.

99. Sewing machine and red thread.

100. Tall daughter grown taller, curls tied back.

101. Cousins and cousins and aunties, uncles, grand parents, great-grand and more cousins.

102. Morning runs.

103. New shoes because husband insisted. Running shoes.

104. A race! I got to run a race. Jane prayed I'd win. And that was better than winning.

holy     experience


Heather said...

Love your spongy drink story, Bethany :)
My fave gratitude of yours is the pudgy arm one... I can picture it so clearly and I know this experience all too well.
As always, beautiful photos.

Audra said...

I love it!!! How cute are they! And yes, running, I wish I could do it :)

-t- said...

Morning runs are a fav of mine also :}

Love your story. It leads me here:

Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:13-14

Goat said...

Kind of like sucking the juice out of the thumb of a wet mitten.

scraps of starlight said...

Beautiful list, and beautiful photograpghy!

emily wierenga said...

i love visiting your place here, in the quiet. i feel i know you and your family so well. i love how children are so inviting, so wanting to share... thank you for this.

The Lochheads said...

Feels like I'm sitting in your living room watching this all unfold! Thanks for sharing your everyday stories with us, Bethany.

Your children are darling. Inside and out.

Daniel and Cerissa said...

I love it! Although I don't know if I could handle the boys drinking water out of your old sofa cushion ;)

Tell Emma I'm so sorry I forgot to have Logan return her call. Tomorrow in the a.m., I promise!

deb said...

too cute with the sponges, I'd never heard of that!

love the photos.