Ninja

I am in warm country. When I left Colorado, the temperature was in the sixties and that’s what it was here today, going higher for the next few days. This evening, I looked at the temp at home and it is going into the low thirties for a high. I should probably keep my mouth shut or my fingers off the keys, I say as I type away.

Today I watched an ultrasound of my ‘expected soon’ grandson. Amazing! It is utterly amazing to see how far technology has come in one generation. We saw the chambers of his heart, measured bone length to estimate size, and listened to his heartbeat. I won’t go into the torture an ultrasound was back in my day, but suffice it to say, one was enough for any expecting mother to endure.

And talk about technology, my daughter programmed the pre-school, the hospital, and their home into her car’s GPS so I can get everywhere I need to go when the baby is born. Since my kids were born in a community where you drove one road north to town, and town had one stoplight on Main Street and two on the highway that ran through town, I guess you can see why I like having the GPS help me out a little. Colorado’s eastern plains are set up on north-south and east-west grids. The roads are straight and there isn’t anything to block your view until the corn gets high. It’s a little different here in the east. Technology can be a good thing.

Next we start wrapping presents, doing cards, and shipping out-of-town gifts. Once the baby comes, my daughter won’t have time to do that kind of chore, so our goal is to get them all done for her before Thanksgiving Day. I’m sure that since we have an almost 4 year old ninja turtle helping us, we will get it all done. That, by the way, is amazing too. A generation later, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are bigger than ever. They have made a comeback, just like fashion. I don’t mind the turtles having a second go-around, but there are some styles that should never come back again, ie: baby-doll dresses. In fact, they should never have come around the first time.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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