"You must be a grown-up," said my longtime walking buddy. "You have plates that match." When she said it I knew she must be a friend. She would probably sew a button on my overalls, just like Lisa did for Corduroy.
"I like you the way you are," she said "but you'll be more comfortable with your shoulder strap fastened." "You must be a friend," said Corduroy, "I've always wanted a friend." "Me too!" said Lisa, and she gave him a big hug.
Sending all of you a big New Year's hug. Wishing that everyone everywhere had nutritious food, clean water, adequate sewage disposal, and the opportunity to grow up and find sustaining work. Is it so much to wish that every child born on Earth could be loved, read aloud to, and learn to read?
© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder