Friday, April 11, 2008

"Lemonade" never tasted sweeter

Imagine my heart melting when I was invited to Sydney's lemonade stand the other day, and was greeted by this sign. (Delaney followed her instructions and wrote it for her.)

(You can't read the lighter reading below the "price" for the cups of lemonade, but it says, "Cookies cost 1 eskimo kiss")

Needless to say, I "bought" many cups of lemonade (which was actually water poured from her Mrs. Potts' teacup) and many cookies. I certainly never run out of hugs and eskimo kisses for my girl!

And an added benefit was that she dressed in her new Barbie fairy costume for the event...

Simple moments like these are what make life worth living. A sweet girl in dress-up clothes; the creativity of a four-year-old; the "please, Mommy" plea to participate; the feel of her little arms around my neck; the feel of that little nose on mine. Wouldn't trade it for anything...


And now, my Poem-a-Day contribution for this Friday (look at my post right below this to see the poetry challenge that I'm participating in).

My parents are heading to Texas right now "as I write" to attend my Grandma's 90th birthday celebration. Life in its busy state just kept me from being able to go, but I will definitely be there in spirit! I mailed some pictures of the girls off to Grandma yesterday, along with a picture made my Sydney and a letter from telling Grandma what she means to me.

And then I read the poetry challenge from yesterday. It was to write about a specific location. Since Grandma was on my mind, I immediately thought of her home. And I wrote this...

“Grandma's House
(from childhood)”

The smell of
crowder peas, cornbread,
and german chocolate cake

The sound of
cousins laughing,
(everyone) storytelling,
and pa praying

The energy of
that kitchen-turned-scrabble table,
that front yard-turned-football field

always transport me to
grandma's house.

Those tall bar stools,
those purses,
those beds,
those dolls

I can close my eyes and
see it all,
hear it all,
feel it all,
recall it all.

Cherish it all.

I emailed it to my Dad last night, and he told me that he immediately printed it out so he could present it to Grandma at the party. "I'm sure she'll cry a lot," he told me. I hope it means something to her, and lets her know how much I love her!


And now...the weekend!

We have a math tournament, time at the library for research, a "USO Show" at church (McKenna is one of the Andrews Sisters), softball practice, and other fun stuff planned (Gary, can we go have a drink?). (I hope some of it will include some more Not Sure What to Expect-but oh so sweet--Time with Sydney.) And I really want to do some scrapping (some pictures are just calling out my name, begging to be put in some mini albums).

I hope you have a wonderful weekend yourself!!!


Patti said...

Oh Sydney is just more and more darling everytime I read a post about her! I love it! Happy Birthday to your darling Grandma Cheryl!

Gin said...

SO cute. Oh my gosh!

Cheryl Wray said...

Patti--She is something else, I gotta tell you. She is truly a dear!! (except when she's whining! but that's a 4-y-o for ya!)

Gin--My sentiments exactly! lol

Delia said...

That's adorable!

Kingcover said...

I remember my little sister used to play with her little plastic tea set. Pouring water from the teapot into a little plastic orange cup. I asked her to pour me some water one time. She said "no". I never asked her again. Hahahahaha.

Linda said...

this made me cry....Sydney...OMgosh after seeing that horrible video and then this sweet and precious little girl. Omgoodness. Thanks for the reminder of how precious they really can be. Last night my Kaitie was having a hard time, and even though she is 17, I still love the feel of her arms wrapped around me, even though she is so big I love the feel of her tears when I wipe them off of her face. and the touch of her cheek against mine, is still soft and sweet. I don't get to hug her like that often anymore, but I did last night and it was a blessing.

You better be scrappin those pics, cuz if you don't, I'm lifting them and scrapping them for precious.

Thanks for the precious post.

Jacquie said...

Oh my what a sweetie!!

Mississippi Songbird said...

She is so precious!.. I'd have to have the large

Have a great weekend! bunches of hugs!

Cheryl Wray said...

Delia--It really was!!

King--Ha ha!!!!! I can't believe she wouldn't serve you tea!

Linda--They really are so sweet and you just have to treasure them, don't you? i will definitely have to scrap this memory.

Jacquie--So sweet!!

Songbird--Oh yeah, I couldn't resist a large (several times!)

Jeff said...

I'm impresed you're doing the poetry thing. I can't write that stuff to save my life!

Kelly said...

aren't 4 year olds the sweetest? (Clayton turns 4 in May)

Lynilu said...

Oh, how sweet was the lemonade stand and its proprietress! I love kids' imaginations, and hers is so dear in this!

And your poem for your Grandma...I didn't live it and I got misty-eyed. I can't imagine her not loving it and tearing up, too! Beautiful!

Have a nice weekend!!

hippochick said...

How precious! I love the sign. I'd have lots of glasses, I'm sure.

Have a great weekend.

Phats said...

That is so cute! Thanks for sharing that, and who doesn't like Beauty and the Beast, but I am partial to Chip

crazy working mom said...

This is the most perfect post ever! :)
I love it. I'll have two LARGE cups, please.

[...T...] said...

Gosh she is cute!!!

[...T...] said...

Gosh she is cute!!!

Anonymous said...

This is just so very precious. Thanks for sharing your sweet story.

Cheryl Wray said...

Jeff--The thing is, I don't really think I write it well. I just really LOVE doing it; poetry (reading and writing it) makes me feel good!! :-)

Kelly--4 year olds are the BEST!!

Lynilu--You are SO sweet; thank you for the kind words!! My grandma's party was today and I can't wait to hear how it all went!

Hippo--how in the world could you not resist multiple glasses? LOL

Phats--I LOVE Beauty and the Beast!! My fave Disney movie of them all!! :-)

Crazy--Two large cups coming up! :-)

t--yes, she is!

Anon--You're very welcome!!

(Everyone have a GREAT night!!)

StitchLuva and Yarn said...

i am a nana of a soon to be 4yo and i know what you mean. those hugs and little sloppy kisses make my life worth living!!!

Sheila said...

Can I say precious.

Babydoll said...

Awwwww...the lemonade stand is so adorable and what a pretty outfit!! Love it!

Adriann said...

Now that's just the sweetest thing!!

Stop by my blog...I'm having a blogaversary RAK.

Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday to your grandmother! I really loved the poem. It sounds exactly like my grandparents. And that little girl gets more cute with each picture! You have a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing them. God Bless~

Trish said...

What a little sweetie!

Greta Adams said...

how sweet is that?
i would want a large and 3 cookies please!!!

Theresa Tyree said...

Aaaawwww, that little Sydney just melts my heart! She's the reason why I grieve not having a little girl. You are so blessed. I'll bet you're itchin' to scrap those lemonade stand pictures!

Renee said...

Aww, I want some lemonade from Sydney!