Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Once Upon A Time

Just a few pictures of my 11 grandkids to go along with my poem, where I remember the wonder of my childhood..."Once Upon A Time"!

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time when I was very small
I’d lie in bed and make shadowy, fun, figures on the wall

Some of them were doggies, butterflies, or birds
In the land of make believe where there’s no need for words

Mom would come and tuck me in, and kiss me on the head
Pray with me, and say good-night then I’d snuggle down in bed

Off to dreamland I would go where fairies often flew
Prince and princess they would dance and twirl a time or two

A land filled with flowers, pretty trees, and flowing streams
Would often be the background in my happy childhood dreams

Running, skipping, dancing, or swinging in a swing
Spinning in full dresses, I’d laugh, and smile, and sing

Taking care of baby dolls, hop scotching, or bouncing balls
These were things I often did when I was very small

My dreams were filled with joyful scenes without a single care
When I’d drift off to dreamland while hugging Teddy Bear

Once upon a time…is a fun thing to recall
Often climbing trees with brother, or running down the hall

Singing in a talent show when I was in 4th grade
Tap-dancing, or cheering loud while watching a parade

Carnivals, and schoolyard fun, with neighbors and my friends
Playing baseball with the boys, and mischief without end

Hearing mom’s voice from the porch when she’d call us in for dinner
The game would stop right there and then, without an actual winner

But we’d resume another day, and choose up sides for teams
We’d bat that ball and make home-runs…and heed our teammates scream

“Run home” they’d yell…"you’ve got it girl", and I’d run with all my might
Exhausted from my day at play I’d sleep so well at night

But I’d awake to each new day, so happy to explore…
“Once Upon A Time” was so much fun I’d love to tell you more

But now those times seem long ago…just memories… far away
I wish I had the energy of that small child at play

Now I watch my grandchildren as they jump, and climb, and run
They are the ones with vigor now as they experience the fun

I love to see the sparkle as I look into their eyes
It warms my heart, and brings me joy, as I hear their cheerful cries

Their laughter brings back happy scenes to this aging wife
The “Once Upon A Time” things... from that splendid time of life!

(Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Luke 18:17)

Written by Linda Hogeland
November 2010

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Kristin said...

Beautiful! I know your Grandkids must love you so much, as I can feel your love for them in your writings. It is fun to experience things again through our children!

Becky Avella said...

Oh, Linda, this was beautiful! I really enjoyed the photos of your grandchildren and your poem brought back so many sweet memories of my own childhood.

Thank you for stopping by my blog this morning. I'm thankful my little tornado story ended up being something to laugh about and not something dangerous. I can't imagine how scary it must have been for you to experience a real tornado.

Have a joyful Wednesday! : )

Diana said...

Don't you have a book of poems out yet, Linda?? LOL! Really, I'm waiting for you to publish all of your lovely poems so I can buy the book!

WONDERFUL words of childhood, Linda... such memories they evoke. Thank you for always sharing such joy with us. ♥

Anonymous said...

BEAUTTIFUL - your grandchildren, and your words!!

Gina Parker

Gabby said...

Beautiful. So many grandchildren. What a blessing.

MrsJenB said...

What a lovely poem, and it sums everything up so well. Even though "once upon a time" wasn't so long ago for me, it's still bitterweet, looking back. Beautiful grandchildren!

Stacey said...

How very sweet!!

The Lazy Mom

Kim said...

Linda, You have a beautiful blog! I love the purple, it is my favorite. The pictures of your grand kids are great and the poem is too. Thanks for stopping by today!

BARBIE said...

What a beautiful and rich legacy!

Becca said...

This is beautiful! It is so obvious that you just adore your family and especially those grandchildren of yours!!! They are blessed to have such a wonderful woman like you in their lives! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!