Every single day
we visit with Grandpa and Grandma and Aunt N.
When Grandpa’s not sleeping in the afternoon
because he goes to work at night
we don’t have to be so quiet.
Grandma gets out funny German music
and teaches us to polka.
All of us girls dance
Grandma with Sister
me with Aunt N
all hopping in circles
around the living room.
We check the garden every day
for tomatoes and green beans.
Grandpa and Mommy had a contest
for the first red tomato
and Grandpa cheated!
He painted his tomato red
but he didn’t fool Mommy.
They laughed and laughed.
After our dinner of hamburger macaroni
and Aunt N’s seven layer salad
and Roman Meal bread with margarine
we snap the green beans
or we pick pecans out of their shells
while we watch Wheel of Fortune and Golden Girls.
We always have dessert.
Grandma has a drawer just for Oreos and Fig Newtons
and it smells like cookies even when it’s empty.
Sometimes she makes root beer floats
or gives us a pudding pop.
I love it when she makes icing flowers
hard in the freezer
so I can decorate her Mississippi Mud cake
however I want.
We put our pajamas on
and Aunt N combs our hair over and over
while we watch Remington Steele and Knight Rider.
The comb feels so good
I wish she could do it forever.
Sometimes we fall asleep
and they carry us down the steps
into our beds.
I’m so glad they’re always