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September 8, 2010 / paperkids

I admire your rewire

Every once in a while, I ask Emma if she has any poems she’d like to spell out.  Every single time I’ve asked her, she’s typed out yes and I begin to jot down her poems as she spells them out.

This one  she typed out with me  holding her arm just below the elbow.  I don’t even think I did any of the hand “reset” squeezes that I have been doing.  Gradually, I’ve been giving her less and less support.  There were times when she held the keys down too long or accidentally hit a key.  This is a challenge for her and I am beyond proud of not only more independence in typing, but her amazing poetry.

I told her that I wanted to post this poem and asked her if she had a photo in mind to put with it.

Emma:  Yes

Me:  “What picture did you have in mind?”

Emma:  arrangement of wires

I thought it would be fun to take the photo ourselves as kind of a visual arts project.   We found some wires, I took a couple pics and she picked which one would go with her poem.

One of the first things Emma ever spelled out for me was this statement: I yearn to tell you that I belong

She’s typed it out a few times now and I can’t help but reflect on what she is conveying with these words.   She wants the whole world to know that she belongs.  But I wanted to ask her myself what she meant by it.

Emma:  that I appreciate being in this kind of world

Me:  “What kind of world is that?”

Emma:  typically tremendous

Once again, not the response I was expecting.  Typically tremendous is not the kind of description people usually give to this kind of world we live in.  But Emma appreciates it – and maybe so should I more than ever since God has given me this miracle of mine.

I admire your rewire, Emma.


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  1. Lisa Flaherty / Sep 8 2010 9:49 pm

    Wow! It is hard for me to comment sometimes because I am so blown away that I don’t know what to say! BUT, today I am SO BLOWN AWAY that I couldn’t NOT comment! Wow! Wow! Wow! Emma, your poetry, your use and command of language, your ideas for metaphoric images…Wow! Wow! Wow! I’m always excited when I get the email that there is a new post on the Paper Kids blog. But when the posts include your poems they are extra special, and I am so grateful that you share them with the world! Thank you!

  2. Lynn States / Sep 8 2010 9:58 pm

    Emma – Again, you have made me smile and then think… I love your poetry and it’s wonderful to see such a positive perspective on life. You are, indeed, teaching us.

  3. Katie Cameron / Sep 8 2010 11:02 pm

    Emma Murphy you are my favorite poet of all time.

  4. Paola / Sep 8 2010 11:15 pm

    Amazed once again.

  5. Camille / Sep 8 2010 11:53 pm

    I think “typically tremendous” is a perfect way to explain this world! I love it!

  6. tonya / Sep 9 2010 12:50 am

    “I wet your ears with my letters.” Wow, is all I can say…..

  7. Molly / Sep 9 2010 2:39 am

    We hear you Emma, and you so belong with us!!! love, love ,love!!!

  8. Molly / Sep 9 2010 2:41 am

    We hear you Emma, and you so belong!

  9. Candy / Sep 9 2010 2:57 am

    Emma, your poems are so beautiful! I wish I can write poetry. I had to hold back my tears when I read the last line: “I am yearning to tell you I belong.” Of course you belong! You are a part of all of us. You are beautiful inside and out!

  10. Grandma / Sep 9 2010 3:00 am

    Emma Blue
    I love you!

  11. pat henshaw / Sep 9 2010 4:07 pm

    “typically tremendous” tickles!!

    There is something built in each of us, yearning to tell our belonging.

    • Lynn States / Sep 9 2010 9:59 pm

      Yes, indeed, Pat; yes, indeed.

  12. Rachael / Sep 10 2010 7:16 am

    Emma, your world is beautiful. Thank you for letting us peek into it.

  13. gloria cassidy / Sep 12 2010 6:55 am

    Emma, I am crying tonight because I am sad. Reading your blog and especially your poems calms my panic and reminds me that I belong. I am collecting your words… they are treasures encased in hope. I love you very much.

  14. Mrs4444 / Sep 12 2010 3:24 pm

    I admire it, too! 🙂 What a beautiful child.

    Visiting by way of Rachael, of Scientific Nature of Whammy

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