Iron Mountain ski jump

Iron Mountain ski jump

Friday, January 8, 2016

Grandma Doesn't Come Here Anymore-a poem

CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith for the Years of Winter… ©

Is this a reflection on faith? Well, yes, it’s about faith that comes in and with grandmas. I had a grandma like this…

Whenever our grandma comes to stay
For just an hour or even a day
She brings such good things for us to play

There’s a soldier that jerks
And a game called Quirks
And an old typewriter that actually works

Best of all are the books that she brings
About birds that build castles and trees that sing
And little children lost in a cave
Who nonetheless are smart and brave

Grandma climbs up with us high in a tree
Then she jumps from the rooftop and shouts out with glee
From all over the city people come out to see

Grandmas get old, though, and can’t drive at night
And sometimes their hair is a dreadful sight
And folks are afraid they’ll give children a fright

So Grandma doesn’t come anymore
They say her legs are tired and her knees are sore
They say she’s afraid we’ll think she’s a bore

They say that now she’s too old and too frail
To come to play croquet and slide down the rail
But we know the truth and we’d act without fail
If we only had money to make her cash bail

 John Robert McFarland

I started this blog several years ago, when we followed the grandchildren to the “place of winter,” Iron Mountain, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula [The UP]. I put that in the sub-title, Reflections on Faith from a Place of Winter for the Years of Winter, where life is defined by winter even in the summer! [This phrase is explained in the post for March 20, 2014.] The grandchildren, though, are grown up, so in May, 2015 we moved “home,” to Bloomington, IN, where we met and married. It’s not a “place of winter,” but we are still in winter years of the life cycle, so I am still trying to understand what it means to be a follower of Christ in winter…

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