Monday, August 17, 2009

The City Cousin and the Country Cousin

(Perhaps you recall my visit to my Cousin Lisa in Boston this past Spring [Which also involved hijinks with Suldog and HIS WIFE.]. This weekend her son Jacob came to visit me while Lisa was elsewhere.)

Cousin Michelle?

Yes, Cousin Jacob?

It is different in the country than it is in the city.

Yes, it is. What are some differences?

My yard is small in the city. Your yard is big in the country.

When you ride your scooter at home in the city there are sidewalks to ride on.

In the country you don’t have sidewalks so I have to stay close to the side of the road when I ride my scooter.

In my house in the city I have a pet hamster in my room. I used to have fish.

At our house in the country we have squirrels, and chipmunks, and rabbits, and raccoons, and deer, and sometimes even bears in the backyard.

My house in the city has turkeys in the backyard!

I remember seeing them when I came to visit you in the city. I was so surprised!

When I take a bath in my tub in the city I like bubbles and my tubbie dinosaurs.

I am sorry I don’t have bubbles or dinosaurs for you in my tub in the country but I have some cups and a frog that squirts water out of his mouth.

Cousin Michelle, in my room in the city I have pictures of Cookie Monster and Big Bird on the wall.

Ah, yes. I remember. You were very kind and let me sleep in your room when I visited your apartment in the city. Now that you are visiting my house in the country you sleep in my boy’s room where there are pictures of baseball players on the wall.

When I go to bed in the city I hear the trains go by and see their lights.

When you go to bed in the country you will hear crickets and frogs. It will be very dark but I will keep the hall light on if you’d like.

I'd like that.

Cousin Jacob?

Yes, Cousin Michelle?

I know something that is the same in your city apartment and in my country house.

What’s that?

Both places have people who love you.
Good night, sweet dreams, I love you.

24 comments:

(M)ary said...

awwwwwwww.....make me cry why don't you? how sweet.

Cocotte said...

Very adorable!

Desmond Jones said...

Sweet post, Cuz. . .

I suppose we're both the 'city mouse' and the 'country mouse', depending on which part of the family we're in touch with at the time. . .

G-Man said...

How did he get there?
Bus? Car? Plane? Stage Coach?

Bluest Peach said...

Sooo true. Regardless of where we live, what would matter most would be the people we live with.

Craver Vii said...

Cute kid. Warm post.

S said...

How sweet is that?
Have fun with your cousins.

♥♥

Lulda Casadaga said...

Great post...and I'm goin get some good cousin lovin this weekend when I head up to PA for my 4th annual cousins campalooza. This year is special. My cousin John is coming up from FLA...haven't seen him in 10yrs. I enjoy both the city and the country...but partial to country since I grew up in a city! :)

Gledwood said...

Bears in the back garden? That sounds amazing!!

crazy4coens said...

Nice! Family roots grow deep.

Suldog said...

Ah, such a good time MY WIFE and I had with you, Cousin Lisa, and Cousin Jacob! Truly - not just blowing smoke - a favorite recent memory, and one we'd both love to re-enact someday.

snowelf said...

This is entirely too cute for a monday morning.

Okay, that's a lie. I don't think anything that spreads this kind of smilage is too cute for a Monday morning.

I just made up the word smilage just right now.
I like it.

--snow

Ananda girl said...

Snow is right... this has miles of smilage. What a wonderful and sweet line of conversation. Kids. This is why I love working with them.

Thanks for sharing it.

secret agent woman said...

I've lived the lives of both kinds of mice and it really is the people who matter.

Beach Bum said...

Great post, shows what is most important.

Chapati said...

Awww :) So sweet!
Kids are very insightful

Moannie said...

SIGH!!!!!! SMILAGE...YES, LOTS OF SMILAGE HERE.

Sandi McBride said...

well done! Congrats on Post of the Day Nom...
Sandi

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Family means so much.

CJ xx

Brian Miller said...

i'll take the country any day, but when you put it that way as long as i am with someone i love. congrats on the POTD nomination.

Jocelyn said...

He needs to grow up and write some sort of Mary Englebreit-ish (from the male POV) book.

~Dragonfly~* said...

Your conversation has the makings of a very good children's picture book!! Think about it!!!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Good words, well said.

Hilary said...

Awww everyone should have a cousin Michelle in the country.. in their lives.