We’re dropping our routines and responsibilities to drive to New Orleans for the weekend to support Ann as she runs her first marathon.  In my portfolio, I came across this piece from years ago.  The little girl is an adult now, but her Papa will ever remember this little character.  To this day, he can’t refuse her!

I Meant to Do My Work Today

(Poetry imitation exercise)

May 1992

I meant to do my work today—

Bricks to stack and a shovel to wield.

But a teddy-bear girl dressed to play

Invited me out to the sunny field.

She brandished a bat and a plastic ball.

A blond pony tail danced on her shoulders.

She’s her Papa’s baby-bear doll—

How could I ever refuse her?