Cereal bowls grouped on the table,
crumbs on the floor,
mixed with left-over dreaming breath
being washed away by breakfast.
Relaxing chairs in the living room
soft, comfortable, well-sat in,
a book temporarily abandoned on the loveseat,
cushions worn from children's resting heads and not-always-clean fingers.
A dog bowl on the floor, half full of water
that looks like it needs to be freshened.
little ones on hard wood floor,
bigger ones running around the yard,
tired heavy ones in the evening coming home from work,
tip-toeing ones that carry whispers after the kids are snoring.
It's all about the kitchen.
Christmas ones and chocolate chip cookies,
fried eggs and scrapple,
pizza on busy nights,
home-made ice cream with raspberries picked by little and big hands together.
Holding hands to pray over supper.
that copy older and bigger ones.
Goodnight kisses and hugs,
tucked into cloudy quilts and
that offer sweet dreams
fit to entertain hopes for tomorrow.