A Simple Look at a Not-So-Simple Life


Mia, my three-year-old, has an amazing imagination. For a couple of months now she has talked about her “other Grandma, who lives in the mountains.” Mia has one grandmother, Mama C, who lives on a farm and not in the mountains. I’ve never met this other Grandma, but she sounds fascinating.

She lives on the tallest mountain. She drives a blue car. She frequently has meetings at church, which Mia gets to go to with her. She takes her to the store when she visits – the Christmas store. She has three dogs: Wolfie (with a blue leash), Clarabelle (with a pink leash), and Zola (also with a pink leash). They are all small dogs, and one (I’m not clear on which one, although I think it is Zola) has polkadots. Grandma lets her go outside by herself to walk the dogs. She takes them to the yard to pee. Recently she’s included Grandpa – Papa – in some of her stories. He takes care of her when Grandma has a “stummy” ache and doesn’t feel good.

I think I have a future novelist on my hands. Her brother, Mr. Literal and Please Keep Everything Predictable, looks at her like she is NUTS when she launches into these stories. It’s pretty funny.

You know, Mia was born in a mountainous country. She has a half-sister who is being raised by her grandparents somewhere in Guatemala. I know it’s quite a stretch, but I wonder if sometime during those nine months in her mother’s womb or right after birth and before she was placed in foster care, Mia’s ‘other Grandma’ whispered in her ear saying something like, “Remember, sweet child, no matter what happens or where you are, you will always have a grandma who lives in the mountains who loves you very much.”

Far-fetched? You bet. But even if it never happened exactly that way, I still believe it is true.

Happy Mother’s Day, Grandma and birth Mama, wherever you are. Our little one is quite a character! I hope you can feel the warmth of her smile – all the to your mountains.


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5 thoughts on “Imagination

  1. I’m not sure it’s so farfetched. (farfetched = yiddish for couldn’t happen)WARNING: NERD ALERT!Google quantum theory, entanglement and non-localitySchrödinger coined the term ‘entanglement’ to describe this peculiar connection between quantum systems (Schrödinger, 1935; p. 555):When two systems, of which we know the states by their respective representatives, enter into temporary physical interaction due to known forces between them, and when after a time of mutual influence the systems separate again, then they can no longer be described in the same way as before, viz. by endowing each of them with a representative of its own. I would not call that one but rather the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics, the one that enforces its entire departure from classical lines of thought. By the interaction the two representatives [the quantum states] have become entangled.

  2. You touch me, and so does your little one’s smile.

  3. She is just beautiful!And I would hold on to that thought of yours. Grandmothers do those sorts of things. I LOVE this post!

  4. who knows, who knows…. 🙂

  5. Totally and absolutely possible. I believe in stories like that!

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