Last One, I Swear


That’s all I’ve got of the princess visit from almost a week ago–can it be?–though the house still bears signs of their passage. I just stepped on a plastic bubble-wand in my bare feet. And only yesterday I took the high chair back to the nice folks at Haven’s Chapel that loaned it to us at the 11th hour before Taryn needed it.

And now they’re more than 1000 miles way for another six months, a year, we don’t really know when we’ll see them again–when Taryn will have teeth and Abby be another couple of inches taller.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Ah, pictures of grandchildren…how nice. I am awaiting word of new great-grandaughter who was due on the 28th. I believe she is waiting to be born on my birthday this Saturday…

  2. oh ! Fred I know just the feeling . our family, is three thousand miles away. [ pauline ken and joshua ] and I am not allowed to fly anymore to visit. thank goodness for computers and web cams . your grandchildren are beautiful . now your home will feel empty for weeks, till you get back to normal. but look forward to the next time . take care.