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Kelsey Proctor Bethany Schultz Creative Writing Non-Fiction Green Beans and King Poseidon The order Lagomorpha

is compromised of two major families, Ochotonidae (pika) and Leporidae (rabbits and hares,) with many genera and species native to all parts of the world. The pikas, sometimes called the rock rabbits, or mouse hares, are small, tailess members with short, broad, rounded ears, chunky bodies, and short legs. (Weisbroth 2) * Spray that rabbit Fred!

Boy, was my Grandma pissed. This creature was no Pika. And boy, was Grandma pissed. This thing was the King of all bunnies, and he proudly strutted his stuff in front of my livid Grandma. Get him Fred, get him! And somehow, the King was able to outrun every attempt that Grandpa tried to spray him with the hose. (Apparently the beast was secretly Poseidon in bunny form.) This King Poseidon continued to reign throughout the flourishing land of Grandmas Garden for many months; much to her dismay. Boy did my Grandma hate that rabbit. *

This plant has been cultivated since the days of the ancient Egyptians. It was cultivated by the Romans as a legume but does not seem to have entered the Rhine of regions until the sixteenth century. Theophrastus speaks of lupine in his History of Plants and it is also mentioned by Cato, Columella and Pliny. It is now extensively cultivated in Sicily, Italy and some other countries as a plant for green manuring and for the seeds In 1854, seeds were distributed from the United States Patent Office. (342 Hedrick) * God, I hated picking green beans. I hated how the hot, Iowa sun tore through my dying, burned, pealing skin to somehow find the pure, innocent cells that hadnt yet been given a chance to live. (We never of course needed sunblock.) I hated how my sweat dripped down from my nose and pits making me self conscious and just plain grumpy. The heavy humidity somehow taunted my frustration by making my breaths deeper and more strenuous to take. God, I hated picking green beans. * In the wild, courtship chasing between adults is an early form of sexual activityTail flagging is a common form of behavior. The buck elevates his hindquarters, walks stiff-legged, and lays his tail flat across his backBucks will emit a jet of urine at a partner in a display of sexual aggressiveness. (Weisbroth 24) * King Poseidon must have loved green beans when he was horny. He ran around peeing on his girlfriends and then he chasing them right into the Grandmothers

garden for lunch date. And boy, did Grandma become more furious. When she finally accepted that the face that the: Get him Fred, Get him, strategy didnt work; she resulted to more, humane options. And, Id really like to believe that Bob Oberbrockly and her really did trap them in a humane way, and that they really did humanely let them free outside city limits, but one things for sure: The woman of the house defines what the humane way is to deal with pests in her garden. In other words: Dont mess with Grandma Jane. * Dont mess with Grandma Jane, we all thought as the new nurse stopped in. Soon enough she learned her place. All of the doctors and nurses grew to learn when to leave her in peace, when they should give her updates, and when they should ask if she needed water or food. And much to the contrary of the disappearance of King Poseidon, Grandma made sure that the love of her love passed away in a civilized, gentle manner. He was as comfortable as he could be. Flowers surrounded his bedside, and a Get Well rabbit card sat next to his cup of ice. Family, and friends surrounded him as he fell into a deep sleep. * Plasma cells help your body fight infection by producing proteins called antibodies. In multiple myeloma, plasma cells grow out of control in the bone marrow and form tumors in the areas of solid bone. The growth of these bone tumors makes it harder for the bone marrow to make healthy blood cells and platelets. Multiple myeloma causes anemia, which makes a person more likely to get infections and have abnormal bleeding. As the cancer cells grow in the bone marrow, bone or back pain,

most often in the ribs or back. If the bones in the spine are affected, it can put pressure on the nerves, resulting in numbness or weakness of the arms or legs. Multiple myeloma mainly affects older adults. (Dugdale)

* I hadnt understood the severity of his disease until I got there. We had heard over the phone that Grandpa was sick, and that he had been admitted to the hospital. So, uncertain on whether or not we should go, we piled into the car. Within one day my brother, dad, and I drove about a thousand miles to meet up with the family.

Still to this day, I only get to see my family once a year. And because of this situation, I hadnt realized how old my Grandpa had become until I was kneeling near his bedside. My Dad and Uncle Johnny had always envied the fact that his hair was, still black as hell and as full as it was when he was young. For once we couldnt make this joke. His gray hair was stringy and sticking out in all directions. Pale skin showed too clearly under that same, thin hair. His skin looked rubbery and frail. He wanted to sit up, and he wanted to sleep, but these were two things that he couldnt accomplish on his own. To watch man that we proudly model our familys morals and vision from fall apart was the most difficult time in my life. This is a letter that I wrote to him when he was at the hospital:

Dear Grandpa-

12/03/2009

Right now you are in the hospital trying to get some rest. I am sitting on your living room floor, listening to uncle Johnnys deadly snore. Did he inherit that from you?

Now, throughout these few days, Ive been watching you through the worst. And its scary. Its scary to imagine what it would have been like if I had not driven up here with my Dad and Nate. What if I wasnt here to help you? Or to even tell you that I love you? It would have killed me to know that I hadnt gotten to say how much you mean to me; and how much you mean to this family.

Well, of course you mean a lot to this familybecausewell you created all of us! But, besides the obvious- you mean a lot more to us than youll ever know. Us kids have been coming here (every summer) for years. It has always been a special trip. Id say the high-light of our year: Playing in the circle, and playing with the cousins, and playing cards with you? Wow, what could be better? The spectacular feeling of being at the Grandparents house is going to be hard to replace.

The tingling sensation in my toes that Ive felt every summer since I was a kid may return when Im serving my grandkids the famous Peanut Butter cookies. Maybe the feeling will return when Im feeding them ice cream in the fancy dishes for a backwards dinner. That warm fuzzy feeling may be re-kindled when Im teaching my grandkids how to pick green beans (whether they like it or not), or when I teach

them how to play the glorious game of cribbage. But like I said, this is not going to be an easy task to fill the expectations that youve set.

What Im pretty much trying to say is: Thank you. Thank you for all that youve given all of us kids, especially all the funny memories that well never forget. Thank you for always being there. You are one, incredible man

I apologize if this letter is coming off as a fare-well, because thats not what Im trying to do. Im just making sure you know how much I love you (since I dont get to tell you that everyday.) Maybe this letter will make up for the days when I didnt get a change to tell you.

Talk to you soon Grandpa,

Kels

God, I hated picking green beans. But I loved spending time with my Grandpa. Iowa was the highlight of my summers. And now, looking back, I couldnt be more grateful for the time that I was forced to spend with such a wonderful man. He gave me awful lectures after lectures while picking those beans. He told me numerous stories about his life that I never wanted to hear. Ill forward these repetitive stories to my kids one day. Because of those meaningful memories I have from spending time with

this man, my family morals, my family goals, green beans and King Poseidon will always hold a strong place in my heart.

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