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The Family Grows Larger!.......Balladeer/Kit McCallum

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Her son was one year old today - the party came and went,
With lots of pictures, cake and presents . boy, she sure felt spent!
She tucked her son in bed and felt her husband join her side,
They stood there gazing down on him, with happiness and pride.

'Twas then he whispered in her ear, "You are the perfect mother .
And I'm the perfect father so....why don't we have another!?!?!
She turned to him, "Not yet ." she grinned, a twinkle in her eyes .
"I'd like to practice more," she winked, and smiled at his surprise.

How did the time pass by so quickly? Only Heaven knows..
The boy's first steps, then his first words, then his first suit of
clothes.
First birthday came and went and then the second, just as quick.
His son was now so active, keeping up was quite a trick!

Some days when he came home from work, exhausted to the bone
He thought how great that it would feel to just be all alone
But Jimmy didn't care about his long, exhausting day..
Daddy had come home at last and it was time to play!!!!!

When he came home, his wife was thrilled, she'd greet him at the door,
And laugh as her young son ran to his dad for hugs galore;
They'd play as she prepared their dinner, listening to the fun,
With squeals of sheer delight that echoed from her darling son.

She'd call them in for supper, watch the peas and veggies fly,
(Not many dinners passed without some food in someone's eye!)
She'd clean the dishes (and the ceiling, and the walls and floor),
While her sweet husband occupied their toddler, yet some more.

The times were not all fun and games, like when he caught the flu
And mom and dad sat up all night, not knowing what to do
Or reading of kidnappings showing daily in the news
Gave both of them pause to reflect on what they had to lose.

For their son filled a void in them - a void they hadn't known.
Their son was so much more indeed than simply flesh and bone.
He was the essence of their lives, the product of their love,
Part him, part her, part miracle.....a gift from God above.

As time flew by, she was amazed at how they learned to cope,
Their son gave them a sense of pride, of wonder and of hope;
He filled their lives with so much love, he was their living dream,
A blend of both their souls entwined, a family . a team.

She felt so blessed, and yet an overwhelming urge would rise,
A voice that beckoned her to have another sweet surprise;
And so, one night, she whispered to her husband with a smile,
"I'd like to have another, dear . it's really been a while."

Well, Jimmy was now four years old. How quickly those years flew!
And kindergarten would free up her time, as she well knew
SO, yes, it was the perfect time for them to have another
And Jimmy would be thrilled to have a sister or a brother.


His job was going well, the bank account was fairly strong
Not rich but they could handle most of what could come along.
He held her face in his two hands and gave a gentle smile
And said, "Yes, it is time, my love. It HAS been quite a while."

They say that practice makes it perfect, funny, that was true!
In three short months, the doctor told her when she would be due!
Excited by the news, they sat their son down to explain,
And though he found it interesting, he started to complain.

"Well that's no fun - if they can't toss a ball, or run and play,"
"What good's a baby brother or a sister anyway!?!"
"I'd rather have a puppy, or a friend as big as me,"
"Just send them back, and ask for something else!" he said with glee.

"No, you don't understand, my son", dad told him with a grin.
"You'll have a friend in life to be with you through thick and thin.
No matter what may come in life, the two of you will be
Always there to help each other through it all....you'll see."

"Not only that...you'll always be the oldest one of all.
They'll look to you for leadership. In their eyes you'll stand tall.
You'll be the first in school, the first one out...you'll lead the way.
So whaddaya think of that?" Jimmy smiled and said, "OK!!!"

With Jimmy's blessing, they moved on, and planned for what would come,
The crib came out of storage, and the nursery was re-done;
Throughout her second pregnancy, excitement built anew,
While Jimmy and his dad looked on with every day she grew.

Again he watched her belly grow to watermelon size
As their new child developed right before their very eyes.
At least they still had all the infant clothing, that was true.
It better be a boy because it would be wearing blue!

As time drew closer - grandma came to stay toward the end,
And Jimmy was ecstatic, for she was his special friend;
She kept her grandson busy, while his mother called his dad,
Her due date had arrived - she'd had enough, and she was glad!

This time he didn't panic when she said, "It's time to go."
A veteran of childbirth, he responded nice and slow.
The neighbor outside cutting grass looked over and waved "Hey!"
While he just shrugged and calmly said, "Another on the way...".

Inside, of course, his stomach churned and he was quite a mess.
He didn't understand how his wife handled so much stress!
Recalling how she'd changed while some wild monster took her place
He took along a football helmet with him......just in case!

This time, the birth was quicker, as she panted, huffed and swore,
She yelled out several times, "That's it! I don't want any more!!!"
But all was soon forgotten and replaced with sudden joy,
The moment that the doctor yelled, "Congrats! You have a boy!"

"Another boy?!?! Please check again!!!" Her mind was in a whirl .
She had been certain all along that she would have a girl!!!
"No question, dear." Her husband smiled, as he embraced his son,
Then grinned and said, "Return that dress. My X and Y's have won!"

So that's the way it was, my friends, a family complete
Still unaware of challenges and trials they would meet
For life can be a crapshoot - sometimes "sevens" or "snake eyes"
And fate can deal the cards in ways to catch one by surprise.

But, for the time, their lives were filled with happiness and joy.
They loved each other with a love that nothing could destroy.
Next morning they went home together at the break of dawn
Mom and Dad and Jimmy....and now Mikey, their new son.

© Copyright 2002 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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These are so charming...they would make a lovely addition to any expecting family...so bookmarked they are...
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2 posted 07-17-2002 08:27 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



(smiles) Oh my gosh, this made me cry, this is sooooooooo beautiful, sweet friend, I saw this entire poem in my head as if it were a drama-romance movie that you directed! (big hugggsssssss) This is soooooooo beautiful, sweet friend, I can't wait to see how these two sons grow together with their mom and dad in later poems, this is magnificent, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Balladeer, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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3 posted 07-17-2002 09:26 PM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

Its definitely going in the library with the others....
The expressions of the family's love are so realistic and they bring back so many pleasant memories of my son Eric rolling on the floor with his Dad while I cooked supper, and of course the new baby....
Its so real and so unbelievably well written.
~ hugs to both of you and your two very well written little boys

Lyra

copyright2002 Lyra Nesius

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4 posted 07-17-2002 09:28 PM       View Profile for the_loner_23   Email the_loner_23   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for the_loner_23

Awesome work

Cold hands means a warm heart

Krissy
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5 posted 07-17-2002 09:46 PM       View Profile for Krissy   Email Krissy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krissy

’Deer hi there, Kit well done, I cannot wait until mum gets her new computers, and the one back from repair because then I can simply disconnect mum and plunge on with my reply. However, I get the chance tonight and this is wonderful. I love this series, more more more please. I want to see this family grow up and do all kinds of things.

Everything about this is real, I don’t remember mum bringing Paul home, I was too young, but I remember her bringing Emma back. You know she was a wonderful baby, and look what she grew into. You never can tell can you?

This is simply perfect, and so real, which of course it would be since you and Kit wrote it. Wonderful writing and I love it. A keeper most definitely

Love and warm stuff
As always
Krissy

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at every pore with instant fires
Andrew Marvell 1621-1678

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Ah!  I have been waiting to see if there would be a sequel..
and I was not disappointed.
Kit and 'Deer, you two are remarkable writing together.
What a fantastic story!
I do hope there will be more...please?!
~Hugs to you both, Nancy~
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7 posted 07-18-2002 07:59 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Thank you so much for the kind words Karilea, Noah, Lyra, the_loner_23, Krissy and Nancy!  I'm so glad you've enjoyed the series so far.  We've had a lot of fun with it too, and I thought I'd add our link that pulls the other pieces together, so we can keep track of it ourselves, lol.  
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum70/HTML/001249.html

Michael … it was a treat for me as always sweet poet. Perhaps we can see what kind of trouble this young family can get into next …

Much appreciation to all, and big hugs
/Kit
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8 posted 07-18-2002 08:33 AM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

That was one sweet poem, congratulations to both of you on the seamless and flawless presentation.
Kethry

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GREAT WRITE MR. DEER....
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10 posted 07-18-2002 09:55 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

When I was visiting Florida, knowing a new addition was "on the way", I was so tempted to beg for a preview... but I know that anything the two of you produce is well worth waiting for... and meanwhile, I've been chomping chocolate cigars. LOL

This is superb, Kit and Balladeer... I loved every line! *S*
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Another great installlment of the story. I enjoy these a lot.
Sandra
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’Deer dearest heart and Kit thank you for another in the series ohhhhhhhh how wonderful this it I could see the whole play from act 1. scene one, the proud parents with a son of one to the end of it when the curtain came down on a scene of utter delight as the toddler is introduced to him baby brother.

Krissy is wrong in one respect Emma was being the baby of the family a little monster, beautiful smile and held us all in the palm of her hand. She was reminiscent of Caligula, she’s sit there and you’d almost expect her to say, do something now.

Anyway I digress this is utterly utterly perfect and I love it love it love it. As Krissy says please can we have more?


Love and warm stuff
As always
Mushy

Breathe through the heat of our desire
Thy coolness and they balm
Let sense be dumb let flesh retire
Speak through the earthquake wind and fire

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13 posted 07-18-2002 12:26 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Oh Michael do you remember when I first came here and send you a "caring" email trying to help fix one of YOUR poems?  There is not a day does not go by that I don't laugh about that!

And Kit, I can still hear you - da dam, da dum - and you two are a "marriage of poetry made in heaven!"

As for this poem it could not be truer to life and I am printing the entire lot out and you are not allowed to quit until I croak - I love them

These lines are so true to life,

Well that's no fun - if they can't toss a ball, or run and play,"
"What good's a baby brother or a sister anyway!?!"
"I'd rather have a puppy, or a friend as big as me,"
"Just send them back, and ask for something else!" he said with glee.


as when Tori was told she was having a baby sister she loudly exclaimed, "Well send it back to the store, I want a white pussy cat!"

Oh, I LOVE you both!

Nothing means more to me than faith,
family and my friends.

       
Proud Canadian

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14 posted 07-18-2002 09:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Our thanks to all of you! Kit and I have a lot of fun writing these and it makes it so much more pleasurable to have wonderful folks like you to share them with
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15 posted 07-20-2002 07:02 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments Kethry, Toe, Suthern, Sandra, Marsha, and Sharon (love you too)   

We do hope to take this family on a few more adventures down the road, and I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying the series. Big hugs to all (and an extra one for my partner in rhyme).

Much appreciation everyone,
/Kit
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Hey Deer.........don't ya pass out cigars anymore?  Congrats on the new addition to your family you two.  I agree with Kit...let's see how much TROUBLE the family can get into with these little ones now. You guys add so many smiles to us and that after all is one reason why we are here.  Much appreciate the effort you two always put in and I really enjoy reading all your works.  BOTH of you.
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I have to echo the words of the others...you two are a beautiful blend and it's a pleasure to read your work!  The series is delightful and should be published.
It's poetic ballads like this that make Passions a wonderful place for literary entertainment.
I salute you both!
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awesome piece, but what else could we expect when written by two awesome poets, who fit each other quite well....enjoyed it very, very much!!!


((hugs))
Charisma
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Fantastic, Wonderful, Great, Super, Lovable
etc, etc, etc.
So many happy memories within your words.
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Kit and Michael

I loved this!  So many loving times I remembered while reading..times of my own, different but so similar.  Thank you for this perfect duet of a family.
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I'm sorry that it took me so long to reply, I read this a while ago and for some reason I didn't reply??!
Well, once more you two impress with your wonderful sentiment and perfect meter (yes I'm jealous)
I applaud you both, Kit and Michael...you are passions finest storytellers.

Take care,
Melissa~

"Poetry is not an opinion expressed...
it is a song that rises from a bleeding
wound...or a smiling mouth"

~Kahlil Gibran~

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Aha!... We're going to have the classic situation here... "Let Mikey try it".. Geesh

Hey - You two write pretty darned well together - Have I mentioned that before??..
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Hehe perhaps I should keep up on the times..and check out the rest of your poems..because this keeps me wanting for more!! sooo sweet and highly adorable..love it!!

kristen
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hehehe, CONGRATS
 
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