By ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.
He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
I love the works of Robert Louis Stevenson. This poem is from A Child's Garden of Verses, another of my childhood favorites.
There will be no big or little shadows today, however. We are getting the rains of Tropical Storm Andrea passing over our area throughout the day. On my side of town (north and west) , we can expect about two inches of rain and south and east of the city (DC that is...) might get as much as 4 inches! We won't get any winds it looks like, but it will be a bit soggy, that's for sure!
Jimmy has a private agility lesson after work today. That's a good thing as it will take the edge off of being cooped up all day! Wilson always gets a couple loops around the ring just for good measure, so he'll be entertained as well.
Have a great weekend, Everyone!