A vacation snippet:

9 a.m. Porch coffee. Morning sunshine. Boats on the lagoon. Sit quietly, and the animals come visit. A small soot-gray bird with bright black eyes perches on the railing inches away, cocks its head hello. A small brown bunny at the foot of the stairs, there and gone, there and gone. A bumblebee, big as my thumb, loud as a biplane, in no hurry. The swan family, Mom, Dad, and four fuzzy cignets, waddling by on their way to breakfast with the Corn Lady up the hill. And my own small animals, in pajama bottoms and bare feet, bowls in their hands, looking for second breakfast. Sun-bleached hair, pink cheeks, eager eyes.