Martin celebrated his 75th birthday a couple of weeks ago. Elliot and his family came in as did Martin’s sister. It was a great weekend hanging out at home, playing in the snow, playing dress up with the girls.. We were all sad to say goodbye. A couple of days later our son called to Face Time. “Leah wants to see your house,” he said. She piped up from the background, “I want to see your kitchen. Where is Grandpa?” Actually, “Where is Grandpa?” was likely the first question.
So began our impromptu FTHT — Face Time House Tour. Kitchen first where I reminded Leah that she and her sister had finger painted at the kitchen counter during their visit. Then on to the living room, stopping for a bit of art education. I showed her a floral still life passed down from my grandfather to my mother and then to me. Painted by A. S. Baylinson, a Russian artist who was fairly renowned in his day, I pointed out the red and yellow flowers; we played find the circles. After the livingroom we headed upstairs to the room she and her sister usually sleep in. Leah wanted to hear the music box that isn’t really a music box but a painted china figurine of Beatrix Potter’s Jemima Puddleduck. We also needed to wind up the Rabbit Mother rocking her bunnies to sleep.
Returning to the kitchen at the end of the tour, Leah said, “I miss you, Aviva. “I come to your house soon?” “Yes, Sweetheart,” I replied. “You’ll come to my house soon.” Oh how a brief FTHT leaves tiny footprints upon the tour guide’s heart.
photos courtesy of Debra Darvick