Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hangin' With The Ha Ha

December 26, 2019
   It's been raining here for the last couple days, so when it cleared up briefly, this morning, I went out to bring in some more firewood, only this time I had a helper. After delivering a wheelbarrel load to the studio and the living room, I came back out to discover my grandson Fenton posing exactly as he is here with his trusty red shovel.

"The Wood Worker"

   I know you are not going to believe this, but I didn't pose this at all. I will say I couldn't believe he held the pose long enough for me to get out my phone and capture this scene, but he did.

   Here's a shot of his big sister, Harper, on a walk up Morningstar on Christmas day:

Harper Amongst The Saguaros

   They call our neighborhood "Cactusland" and all four grandkids call me Grandpa Ha ha. It was Weston who christened me with the name because every time I would see him I would lean forward and let out two quick bursts of laughter, Ha! Ha! and after a couple visits like this, when his mother Deena asked Weston who I was he said—dead serious— "He's Grandpa Ha ha."

   It stuck.

Hangin' With The Ha Ha
   As a grandparent, I often think about all the things I want to teach these little boogers so they don't end up like their parents, or worse, their grandparents. Certain trends and cycles make themselves apparent when you hit your eighth decade and, well, Grandpa Ha ha has some news for them. I guess I was inspired by a book I'm reading.

"Maybe life is just carrying news. Surviving to carry the news. Maybe we have just one message, and it is delivered to us when we are born and we are never sure what it says; it may have nothing to do with us personally but it must be carried by  hand through a life, all the way, and at the end handed over, sealed."
—Paulette Jiles,  "News of The World"


  1. And as Jackson Browne says in For A Dancer:
    "And somewhere between the time you arrive and the time you go,
    May lie a reason you were alive, but you'll never know."

  2. Happy New year Ha Ha


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