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Growing up Faster

Growing up faster-By Markella Mildenberger

Sun is shining
Feel the touch of warm rays through my shirt

Children echoing parental calls in far away yards

They are playing in the mud

The rubber of their boots sinking into the soaked earth makes the squish sound

The sound as addictive to a child as a cigarette to a smoker

They watch the watery mud slide around the boot

In slow motion

They lift their feet to hear the slurp from underneath

Giggles ensue

mother thinks the giggles to mean


then a song erupts from the child

Birthday song

In off key fluidity

There is now a cake

Formed with bare hands and sticks

Topped with twigs and earthly
remnants from autumn

The chanting continues , it’s a cake for Hailey

The sound of sudden quiet pierces the air

A dog barks and the child squeals with delight

“Happy Birthday Hailey” the child laughs

The dog barks in joy

Mother opens the screen door, I imagine a fowl glare on her face

She scolds about the mess

The muddy cake, the dirty hands
and calls for Hailey to stop eating the mud

“But, it’s a cake mom”
The child defends

“It’s mud. Now get in here.”

The screen door shuts

Hailey barks loneliness


About markella

I am a freelance writer with a creative flare for life. I see inspiration in all that I encounter and have a thirst for knowledge, life, running, cooking, being outdoors, my incredible family and of course taking pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. I spend much of my time as a student in life, learning from kids and all the wonder that surrounds us. I believe in always asking questions, even when nobody else will. l love the bountiful Okanagan Valley, where I call home and anticipate each season, as creativity and inspiration take their form all over the place here. I love the clinche saying, "You've made your bed, now lie in it." I believe we create our paths and determine our futures. Maya Angelou puts it simple and exact, " Be present in all things and thankful for all things."


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