He grabbed my hand and yelled, “Come see! Come see!”
And excitedly pointed to our big shade tree.
“Yes I see; it’s a tree” I thoughtlessly said.
With wise young eyes, he sadly shook his head.
“Silly Grandpa, Can’t you see? It’s not just a tree! It’s so much more.
It’s a place to play, to build, to climb, and explore
A secret place to talk, and hide, and pretend we’re spies!”
To make a swing or just about anything!”
Now it was my turn to shake my head, and I said, “Silly, silly me!
Of course! How could I have forgotten! It’s much more than a tree!
The years had blinded these old eyes to all the things a tree can be.
Thank goodness you were here to help me once again see!
“Grandpa, come see what else I’ve found!
It’s big, light brown, and lying on the ground. “
Slow learner that I am, I answered him:
“It’s the box our new refrigerator came in”.
“Silly Grandpa,” he sighed and said, “Can’t you see?
It’s not just a box; it’s ANYTHING we want it to be!
A great big castle with an alligator-filled moat
Or a pirate ship that can sink any boat
“A fire engine that can fight the biggest fires
Or a Monster Truck with those great big tires.
A real fast car that we can race
Or a rocket ship we’ll take into outer space.
A screaming jet that we can fly
Or a big balloon to float in the sky.
We’ll look at whales in our submarine
See what I mean that it can be anything?”
That’s when I began to remember a thing or two
About what a cardboard box could do.
Then as I shared even more ideas that I’d begun to recall,
He smiled and said, “Grandpa, you’re not so silly after all!”
By Russ Towne