In the land of the dragons

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Devon drew a lei-lei on her easel, yellow with pink tail and a hint of scales.

In case you’re not up to speed on lei-leis either, Devon tells me it is a dragon, and a mean one at that. That’s because it has var, which, thankfully, you can get rid of by painting its tail with all the colors of the rainbow.

Even after last night’s Nor’Easter, I can still see the top of the green-and-white Tower Road sign on the corner, but the clothesline (yes, we actually have one) is covered.  I’m plenty sore after 90 minutes of shoveling. But snow days have a silver lining.  Devon, our grand-daughter, stayed overnight because her mom had to work and we gambled that Kathy would have a snow day (she did).

Devon’s visits are always a treat.  This morning we all cuddled under the covers for a bit, played with letters on her magnetic board, shot a few palm-sized baskets into her stacked boxes, drew that lei-lei, and ate an elephant.  Well, not a real elephant. The kind Kathy makes out of pancakes.

Then it was time to go to work. All in all, a pretty good day.


About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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