She browses the whimsical articles
Displayed on the table in front
Thinking about which one she will
Maybe, her parents can honor
Her request this time,
Just one small trinket to fill her
Playtime in the sunny afternoons
on their garden veranda.
She attempts to formulate a plan to
Approach this delicate subject
Inside her head, as she decides on
Which item to pick for this
Planned purchase as the occupied marketplace
Continues to fill with diligent customers, harried beggars, and engaging ladies enjoying their tea and blueberry scones at small tables surrounding the square of industrious vendors
Doing their business in the summer weekend air filled with the aroma of fresh baked goods, displayed fish, and cut flowers waiting for purchase.
This particular display makes her decision very hard to make in the little time she must make up her mind and try to convince her parents that she must have at least one new toy to fulfill her assortment.
Her bright eyes wander from item to item,
The pretty dolls dressed in lacy frills, the horses on wheels, and the various accessories among the contrasting figures. Numerous reservations fill her thinking as she ponders her decision,
Would this hoop be more fun than dressing dolls up for a tea party held at noon?
A friendly lady calls out, “How are you this fine morning?” The little girl just bats her long lashes.
“Have you made up your mind yet what strikes your fancy on this lovely day?”
“I can’t decide.” Replies, the little gal dressed in dark velvet.
“Decisions can be difficult and often take time.” The nice woman tells her as tidies up the table and watches two women sipping tea near them.
“Can you tell me what one you would pick?” the little girl asks her as she waits for her parents to return from the meat stand.
“No one should make that choice for you because it wouldn’t be true to your spirit of inclinations.”
“I don’t know what that means–but, I think this hoop will provide more joy than the doll I admire.”
“Yes, the hoop could be aspiring and fill your yearning for movement as you enjoy the sunshine.”
“Now, I have to convince my parents to believe the same notion.” The girl places the hoop against the table and she waves at the lady as she leaves to tell her parents what she desires from the whimsical toy display.
©2017 in memory of the artist (V. Gilbert)
© 2017 Josie E. Cook M. A.