I met a little Elf-man, once…
…Down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small…
…And why he didn’t grow.
He slightly frowned, and with his eye
He looked me through and through.
“I’m quite as big for me,” said he,
“As you are big for you.”
—JOHN KENDRICK BANGS.
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Published by Naomi Baltuck
When not actually writing, I am researching the world with my long-suffering husband and our two kids, or outside editing my garden.
My novel, The Keeper of the Crystal Spring (Viking Penguin), can be read in English, German, Spanish, and Italian. My storytelling anthology, Apples From Heaven, garnered four national awards, including the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice. I am currently working on a contemporary women’s novel.
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Ah, wonderful, Naomi! And I absolutely love the illustrations and the illustrator, too! 🙂
Thank you so much for the visit and your very dear comment. You always make me smile.
Thank you, Cybele!
Aw, love this Naomi. Brings me all sorts of places.
Thank you, Jean. I have always loved that poem; it’s not just for kids!
I loved this, Naomi! Great job!
Thank you, Jill! It was fun for me to revisit a happy moment with the kids.
That certainly made me chuckle. I loved the poem and the pictures 🙂
Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate the visit and the lovely comment. I have all these little bits and tidbits residing in my brain for decades and not a thing to do about it. The Weekly Photo Challenge was about SCALE, and I was delighted that I finally had the perfect excuse to share that poem.
🙂 So much fun and an enjoyable way to start my day.
Thank you, Janet!
This is fantastic. The pictures and the words love each other and tell us a delightful and enlightened story, from your son’s perspective. DE-light-FUL.
❤ ❤ ❤
Dear Tess, you have such a good way with words–I love the idea of pictures and words–loving each other. I wouldn’t have thought of that, but it’s perfect! Thanks so much for the visit and for giving me a fresh new perspective through your eyes.
You are welcome, Naomi. To be fair, y.o.u’r.e the one I believe has a way with words. Sometimes words jump off my keyboard and into my comments, I don’t even notice. ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm especially good with typos.
It’s a small world after all.
Hi Richard, indeed it is, in more ways than one! Thanks for stoping by!
Thank you for these morning chuckles!
Thanks for the visit and for making me smile–something you are very good at!
seeing is believing
Thats what they say! So good to hear from you, Shimon. I hope you are well.
Very funny and cute!
Your pictures are such FUN! Hugs and happy Valentine’s Day! ❤
How are you?!? So good to hear from you, and thank you, as ever, for the kind word! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, dear friend!
All is well here. Acts of Kindness week and all. Doing the April A-Z blog challenge. You could join. 😉
Sounds like fun, Mary. I will enjoy the challenge through you. I have a hard time blogging just once a week!
You are faithful every week, which I am not, so it balances 😉
I sometimes go a couple of weeks when daily life and demands seem more urgent than sitting down long enough to post. I am enjoying a relatively quiet time now that the winter holidays and the kids’ visits are over.
So much poetry in a few words and a bunch of photographs. Thank you Naomi!
Thanks for the visit and, as always, your generous response. The poem was written by John Kendrick Bangs, who was born in 1862 and died in 1922, but the meaning of the poem, which makes me smile every time I read it, is timeless and actually an important truth to remember.
Did Rick have a happy birthday? How is the new Job? Give everyone a hug for me.
They were all great, but the last one was the best! What – ya’ using a shovel for that planter? Ha ha ha!
Wise old Elf-man 🙂 Love the forced perspectives in the last two.
Thanks, Madhu! That sculpture park has quite a few opportunities for fun shots and we never seem to be able to resist playing around.
Wonderful interpretation for scale, Naomi!
Thank you, Amy!
Love these photos Naomi but the shovel ones get my top thumbs up. Brilliant!
Thank you, Sue! That was a fun day with some grand photo ops! I appreciate the visit and your taking the time to share your response.
LOL Naomi, VERY well done!!
Too cute! Loved the pics
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your very kind response! I enjoyed my visit to your blog.
I. Love. It! Adorable, Naomi ♥ Hope this finds you and yours doing well. psb
Thank you, Paula! Just got back from a writing retreat with no wifi–that’s a good exercise in awareness. But doing well, and hope you and yours are too! Hugs from Seattle to you!
Whoa….no wifi. I am impressed! Hugs and here’s a snowball, too! ☼ ♥
Thank you! Stay warm!
I’ve come back several times to this post, just to so I can smile with the photos again. I am instantly nine years old again and in love with everything miniature…the wondrous magical world of the non-ordinary… 🙂
Thank you so much for making ME smile! Yes, yes, yes! I STILL love really big and really tiny things. I so enjoyed sharing my dollhouse with the kids, and looking inside every day to see what its inhabitants had been up to, with the help of the kids.
This was so clever and fun, Naomi. I like to dabble in creative thought, so enjoyed your expressing your imagination and love of childhood things, too. I also enjoyed all the comments found here, truly a great place to visit and can understand why you have had visitors come back and stay awhile. It makes me think of that famous last words of “Petticoat Junction,” (I may have the t.v. show correct, memory sometimes plays tricks on me!) “Come on back here again and stay awhile!”
You are so sweet! Plus, you just took me back to Petticoat Junction for the first time in a LONG time! Thanks for making me smile!
Honey, you shrunk the kids. Cute post!