7.30.2017

With My Daughter at the Ray Touch Tank

Remember how giddy we were,
thrusting our arms
up to the elbow in cold water,
clutching smelt till the rays came
and snuffled them from our hands?

Remember how shocked we were,
squealing with surprised joy,
how tiny teeth felt on our palms
gnawing so gently it tickled
like a cat’s rough tongue?

Remember their smiles,
how we proclaimed cownose rays
the cutest of all living things?
I remember your eyes, glossy
with laughter, and feeling so alive.

Karin’s prompt to the Real Toads: A GLANCE AT NARRATIVE

13 comments:

  1. Ah lovely, a story of childhood and motherhood and other being-hood--the world being a bigger place than we understand at first as children. Really lovely--a very simple incident can hold so much (as you show.) Thanks for participating, Marian, really thanks. k.

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  2. Gosh! I'd love to see rays that close up too. Such grace ad remarkable beauty. The experience you relate really shines.

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  3. I love this!❤️ You make me wanna see it for myself!❤️

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  4. I can feel the joy... through every word. Thanks so much for sharing such warmth. Lovely.

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  5. What a wonderfully warm shared moment! I love the smelts tickling the palms of your hands with their tiny teeth. Thank you for telling this to us.

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  6. It's sooo much fun, joy, in putting ones self into the playland of a child. The have fun, as much as you. For a momenr, I was having fun with you all.
    I learned too, how to catch smelt. The cat has different degrees of chump on their bite.
    ..

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  7. It's sooo much fun, joy, in putting ones self into the playland of a child. The have fun, as much as you. For a momenr, I was having fun with you all.
    I learned too, how to catch smelt. The cat has different degrees of chump on their bite.
    ..

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  8. I've never experienced a ray touch tank and I should imagine it's great fun to do with a child. I imagined 'how tiny teeth felt on our palms / gnawing so gently it tickled / like a cat’s rough tongue'.

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  9. I have no idea whatsoever what it is that you speak of here...but now I really want to find out.

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  10. I can feel your joy and hear the giggles. A wonderful memory.

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