My Shadow Living the Back 40 Lifestyle
As me and my pup, Casey was out on a walk this evening the sun was on its way down and there it was... our Shadows. Along came the memory of when I was a little girl living in Minnesota.
I attended a private school Fourth Baptist Christian Day School at the time it was located in Downtown Minneapolis. The name has since changed to
Fourth Baptist Christian School located in Plymouth Minnesota.
Several memories came back as my shadow stood in front of me.
Mrs. White was a teacher there at the time, we had to stand in front of the class and recite the poem as well as memorize Bible verses.
Here is the poem:
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.
It is interesting to me that the part of the poem that I remember is
for he sometimes shoots up taller like an india rubber ball.
Although that is not how my thoughts remember it funny how that happens.
A long walk is a great time to run through your thoughts of the day, or what happened for me memories of the past.
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