Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: When it rains

June 2013 - Hanna Andersson star pajamas and Anthropologie Fables and Feathers beddingIt’s 2 am, and I’m awakened to the sound of a sobbing little girl and heavy raindrops beating against the side of the building. She is teething, the rain’s falling from the swirling fingers of a tropical storm, and my head is tired and groggy. I lie still for several minutes, as if by remaining motionless I could somehow will her back to sleep. She shifts from quiet crying to calling out “Mummy!” and in a moment, we are both in her room. She’s upright in her crib, stumbling around half-asleep and half-awake as though the mattress were a ship deck, rolling on the high seas to the sound of the pelting rain.

“Get out,” she asks, stretching out her wobbly hands. “Wear blanket scarf.” I wrap her favorite fuzzy blanket around her the way she wants it, and she reaches her arms toward papa. He holds her while she drinks water, and then she lunges in my direction. “You hold,” she says.

Her tiny hands clasp together behind my neck.  I stretch out on the rug next to her crib, and she nestles her blonde head on my chest, the same way she’s done scores of times since the moment she was born. She moves her ear over my heart, and the rhythm soothes her. We lie there together in the darkness, listening to the staccato of rain and the beat of my heart. She sighs. I close my eyes. She’s tall, and I marvel how her feet stretch down past my knees now.

I think how thankful I am to have her here with me. I think how wonderful it is that when she cries, I can be next to her.

Over the next hour, she alternates between crying and whispering, “Nigh’ nigh’ sleep.” Finally, I hear nothing but the persistent noise coming from the very loud frog claiming squatter’s rights in the second-story rain gutter outside the window.

I close my eyes again, this time in my own bed, and fall asleep to the constant stream of tropical rain.

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: An Antidote for Stormy Weather

Cynthia Rowley's home via The GlowImage of Cynthia Rowley’s home, as photographed for The Glow

How’s the weather where you are? I’m definitely appreciating coffee this morning, as we were woken repeatedly last night because of Tropical Storm Isaac-induced 50mph winds and rains. (Three cheers for Aveline, who quickly fell back asleep on her own each time she awoke!) This morning it’s oddly dark; the thick cloud cover isn’t letting a bit of light in. The scene is very much the opposite of the above image!

Squalls are expected to continue throughout the day today, so to counteract the dark rain beating against the windows — and before we lose power! Josiah just texted to tell me there is a partial power outage at work — I thought I’d share a lineup of things which are nice and calming. Pretty things such as…

Paris Map Illustrated by Josie Portillo…this lovely paris map, drawn by Josie Portillo. Can you believe it’s the first map Josie has ever illustrated?
Sophie Digard Linen Blanket with Dots via Makie Clothier as seen on Oaxacaborn dot com…this handmade dotted linen blanket, designed by Sophie Digard and available on Makie Clothier.
Scan from German vintage children's book Fahre Mit Durchs ABC via Lab-Curio as seen on Oaxacaborn dot com…these pages from the German vintage children’s book Fahre Mit Durchs ABC, via Lab-Curio.

Ceramic Dala Horse via BergenHouse on Etsythis ceramic dala horse via Bergen House on Etsy — the figurine was actually painted in Brasil!

Vintage wallpaper showing Paris streetscapes, via SmileMercantile on Etsythis vintage wallpaper of the streets of Paris, via Smile Mercantile on Etsy. I think it would look charming covering a single wall in a guest room — you know, in that dream world where we all have an extra room to decorate in Parisian vintage decor. :)

Hope your Monday is lovely, friends!

P.S. If you enjoyed this edition of Monday’s Pretty Things, you might want to have a little look at some of these, too.