The following photograph carries a warning:
Distinct possibility that the g'mama
may explode with pride.
The Gemini part of May and June is a crazy, cork-popping, balloon-bursting, gift-giving, merry-making humdinger of a time for us. As a family we have a veritable cacophony of birthdays. Two grandboys; both daughters; one husband; one son-in-law; one sister and one niece. As the only Aquarian, I stand alone but undaunted!
Back to Henry. It's become a tradition that each year Loulou (his name for me and no, I have no idea why) paints a picture to be used as his party invitation. His passion for wildlife must be genetic because invariably the request is for an animal of some description.
Since birthdays are for sharing, I thought that those of you who have littlies and/or smallish grands may like one - or all - of these paintings to use for party invitations or just simply as greeting cards. All you need to do is pick the ones you like, email me and I'll send you a high resolution jpg for a good photo-quality print which you can then use as you wish. Here you go:
From Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verse
As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far ways,
And in another garden, plays.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear; he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.
Oh, and do remember, a grownup is just a child with layers on!