Three of my favorites books of poetry are “A Child’s Garden of Verse” by Robert Louis Stevenson, “When We Were Very Young” by A.A. Milne, and “Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne. All three books are charming, whimsical, and quite beautiful. Poems like “Vespers” by Milne and “My Kingdom” by Stevenson seem to capture something essential about childhood that continues to resonate with me well into my adulthood. I don’t presume to be on the level of either Stevenson or Milne, but from time to time I also write verses for a younger audience, and I think I’ll share them here from time to time.
I gave up the drink a long time back, so not hot toddy to soothe my cough. That said, I did mix up a “non-alcoholic” hot toddy. Without the whiskey, it really shouldn’t be called a toddy, but just a “hot” sounds a bit silly. Here are the ingredients:
7 ounces of hot, earl grey tea
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
5 whole cloves
I would have liked to have had nutmeg, but alas there was none in the house.