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Giggles and Splashes

I had waited for you seemingly forever
So long did it take before you were to come into my life
But in so many ways you had always been there

Your hair so white more than once people 
Said that you glowed
Your eyes blue gray 
Soft but piercing. 

In the spring we’d plant flowers and you quite the digger
Would never tire of ‘replanting’ oh the control God blessed 
Me with that summer

On the porch we would swing and sing until my throat would be sore
And still Id manage one more
Lavender Blue, You Are My Sunshine, Red River Valley
I can still hear the wee small voice

In the summer under the big maple the front walk
Would flood and we’d run back and forth barefooted and splashing
Your face, pure joy, your eyes animated, your smile so wide
And those cheeks I could tweak them right now
Is there any better sound than giggles and splashes

Autumn we would take long walks and picnics down in the woods
And sit on a fallen tree. We’d find ants and worms and spiders and rescue the most
Precious of treasures. Feathers, milkweed fuzz, acorns, so much
Bounty for the taking. We’d bring them home and glue them
On paper or cardboard or make touch books

Winter oh please let’s have snow for winter. Snowmen
And snow forts, snow balls and mmmm snow cream. 
I remember the look on your face at your first bite as
If you had just made magic. 

We read books by the fire, books and more books
Then you would touch my lips and ask me to 
Read one with my mouth, which meant to make
Up one just for you.

You have been blessed with intelligence
You have an uncanny ability to fix things 
You’ve never seen before
Your sense of humor can put me away
Until I beg you to stop
You have a sense of logic beyond your years
You will sit on the floor for hours and build block towers for babies
Most importantly my son
You have been blessed for an unquenchable thirst for God’s own heart

At eighteen our time together will be changing but sitting here
I remember the words from a book we used to sing to each other

“I’ll love you forever 
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living 
My baby you’ll be"

To Noah

Copyright © Laurie Ginn

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  1. Date: 6/15/2009 10:39:00 PM
    Lovely memories for you and your son. congratulations on placing in the contest. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 7:52:00 PM
    Hello my friend....this poem once again puts tears in my eyes!! Congratulations on placing with this gem in Deborah's contest!! Love, love this...!!!!!

  1. Date: 3/17/2009 4:23:00 PM
    sweet very sweet. john

  1. Date: 3/14/2009 6:36:00 AM
    Like your title....This one is a whole day at the beach of affection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/13/2009 10:20:00 PM
    Dear Laurie, Dilly-Dilly Will you be my Queen? My only Sunshine You make me Happy-Come and sit by my side if YOU LOVE ME And NOAH Sings "I' love you forever--- YOU nave a wonderful Son GREAT TRIBUTE ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 3/13/2009 1:16:00 PM
    In my poem, True Love, I am the girl. For my age, people say that I'm a very good writer. Thank you for the compliment.

  1. Date: 3/13/2009 8:45:00 AM
    I fell into the sweet cadence of this wonderful poem! very, very, well done! omygoshhhh!!!! Jim

  1. Date: 3/13/2009 3:47:00 AM
    Laurie, what a beautiful poem which provoked childhood memories so vividly for me. Wonderful tribute to Noah. Thanks for your comment on my recent poem as well. Randy

  1. Date: 3/13/2009 1:03:00 AM
    A heartfelt write Laurie,nice work.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 9:21:00 PM
    You shoot straight from the heart, and you never miss. You are such a talented lady. Blessings, Ron

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:31:00 PM
    ....and through "Your Priceless Hearts" description, he seems to have turned into such a wonderful young man!!?~Smile~And I would venture to say; that his mother~"You" ~have had a great deal to do with this!!!~"So Beautiful Laurie, Within Everyway Dear!!!"~"My Love Forever To 'You & Your Loves,' Always, John!!!":)...."I Loved This!!!"

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:24:00 PM
    Wow~You brought a heartful mist to my eyes dear!~"Hello Precious & Gifted Laurie Ginn!!!"~I read this slowly as it was meant to be read....And I could feel "Your Beautiful Soul" within its every word! Smile~What an amazingly warm and beautiful writes this is! Filled with wonderful images as a walk, through love laced moments with Your Son within Your life....And I love his name~"Noah"~....cont....

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 4:23:00 PM
    Oh no...oh no..oh comes my heart into my eyes, and out onto the floor, at my dear, this is amazingly beautiful and so so so so so sad. perfectly sad. i am a mama to 4 boys, 13, 9, 7, and 1...and there are no words for that kind of love, but...the feeling of this is universal and all there is. amazing, love, me

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 10:30:00 AM
    Beautifully touching poem Laurie ... a mothers love sings through your words with un-faded memories... lucky Noah... lucky you

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 10:10:00 AM
    There so many things to love aout this beautiful tribute to your son. Your love for him shines in every line. Your tender memories and your imagery are woven together perfectly. No matter how old they get they are always our babies. The songs are ones that I sung with my family and are among the nicest of my own memories with my parents and my daughter! Excellent piece! ove, Robin

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:43:00 AM
    PS. You are my Sunshine...Lavender Blue....Red River Valley.....oh my touched a chord with each one you named.......are we related ...??

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:37:00 AM
    No poem could touch me deeper, my dear Ms Ginn,this is the most beautiful thing I've read of yours..into my favorites, but also printing it to keep in my nightstand drawer where I keep handmade valentines, Mom's notes, poems from my children on Mother's day.This is a treasure, Laurie.I am so touched reading joking this time..pure beauty..the love that pours forth. You wrote what's in my heart too,.I feel almost as if I had written it about my own..but mine wouldn't have been so beautiful.

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:30:00 AM
    No, nothing more precious than our children, and memories of giggles and splashes and everything you so beautifully capture here. My son is 21, and my 26 year old daughter is expecting my first grandchild October 1st. So my dear, I am looking forward to a whole new experience of giggles and splashes, if God permits. Such a beauty of a dedication. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:23:00 AM
    I already told you how I feel about this one. It made me sniffle then and made me sniffle now. BRILLIANT writing, my dear KY friend. IN my faves. Love and hugs from COLD KY> bleck.... :(

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 5:58:00 AM
    stop begging... I'm kidding Shoe-shine -- covered alot of ground with this write-- well penned