Growing Up or Timeless

My granddaughter turns five years old in a couple of days. “Impossible!” I say. I haven’t even decided what I am going to be when I grow up, and now she will start Kindergarten in the fall. When I was her age, my dad threatened me with “no-grow,” a mysterious substance kept in the garage for the express purpose of stopping me from getting any bigger. I remember screaming and giggling when he would start to drag me toward the garage but now I understand completely. I loved the game back then, but now, how I wish it was for real.
I worked in the yard for much of the day, but in typical Colorado fashion, the weather man says to expect snow on the weekend. Oh well, I have a wall in the bathroom that needs paint – so guess what I will be doing when the flurries start falling?
And so I did. I took my favorite purple towel to the paint store and had them match the color. I painted all morning and guess what happened. I stepped back and stood in the Sixties, staring at a wall I would have absolutely loved back in the era of hippies and my sister’s open (unlike my quiet one) rebellion against the ‘establishment.’ She died in an accident in 1979, but she sat on my shoulder this morning, cheering me on. “Go for it,” she said, “you need something wild and happy.” And that I now have.
I suppose someday when I re-paint in a timeless color (something not attached to a particular decade), I’ll be glad I only painted one wall. But for now, I am loving it. It is nothing but fun and cheery compared to the grey sky spitting snow at me outside. Of course, now I need to go buy some matching rugs…. Thanks Pam. I miss you.

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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