What I have learned so far…
How cows make milk.
How dogs became woman's best friend.
How kids tell the truth more often than lies
(We just have to want to hear it).
How families can survive cold nights and empty stomachs
because they have faith in the goodness of life
and the beauty of each other
(and because their mother's taught them how).
How we can live alone or together and still
need to remember to see the apples and not just the orchards.
How becoming a mother is more fraught with more danger
than being a firefighter trapped in a forest fire
how fathers can find grace in scavenged vegetables.
How sometimes looking backwards is more fun
than looking forward, and other times looking backwards
just gives us another chance to try again
(or lets us imagine breathing sultry songs into the microphone
instead of picking up the dirty clothes or paying the bills).
How someone can discover the universe
by picking up a tiny book, one so small it might not be noticed
by anyone else and then the space it took up on the shelf
suddenly expands into light and voice and air
like the equations of time.
How our histories are made from myth as well as
families arguing at the dinner table or laughing out loud
at Granny's funny accent or Auntie's tales of lost love.
How we need to listen to each other
if we ever hope to survive
so we can recite our tales of wonders and lost lovers
and learn something new,
like I imagine two eagles might do looking out at a sun-filled
reservoir on a chilled December morning,
blessing the day.