saw you from across the expanse
of the cavernous baggage claim area
at the airport today,
and my heart fluttered
for a moment --
partly because
it had been over six months
since I had seen you,
but also partly because
I was thunderstruck
by how much you look like
your Mom, whom I met
and fell in love with
over 27 years ago --
she has the copyright
on your outside,
but I have it on
your inside:
your common sense,
your wit,
your wisdom,
your love of children,
and teaching,
and learning;
all of which gifts
were given to me;
and I am happy
to have passed them on to you,
and so glad to see
that beautiful face,

July 6, 2009, for Carinda.

Copyright © 2009, Ricky A. Pursley. All rights reserved.

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