She jumped out of her grandparent's car and ran into my arms,
my precious girl,
whose cheeks I had not smooched in three days.
It was a full-body hug,
that said, "I really missed you."
My favorite kind.
But all I could see was the huge beautifully wrapped box,
with two Chloe legs sticking out below.
She set the box down,
"Can you open it now? It's an early birthday present."
Now that is a surprise.
My birthday is more than a month away.
Her smile and excitement tugged on my heart.
In a minute, honey, let's say goodbye to Nana and Papa first, ok?
As Nana and Papa drive away,
We come inside the camper and have supper,
Hot dogs and chips filling our bellies.
"Can you open it now?"
Just a moment, sweetie,
I want to take a picture of your beautiful wrapping and coloring.
while we scramble for the camera.
Finally, an eternity later,
"Ok, let's open it!"
She squeals and begins to help me.
A BIG box
with LOTS of packaging and
Representing hours of togetherness: