Two blondes. One bouncing in the red cushion window seat, bowl cut, light-up sneakers, making engine sounds as his small hands hold the body of the airplane flying it through the October air. The other sitting on brown hardwood, soft curls, pink sparkle dress, stumbling over words as she reads aloud Goodnight Moon in the afternoon.
Grandma's in the kitchen, smoking out the window over the sink, telling them that daddy will be home in just a minute.
Daddy walks in, screen door flinging shut, with muddy work boots, torn jeans, and black hands. The boy directs his plane right into his daddy's arms spit spurting from his noisemaker lips. The little girl jumps into Daddy's other side, resting on his hip. Daddy kisses her soft cheek before he sets them both down. They grab their backpacks and strap their sneakers. Daddy's thanking grandma who put her cigarette out as she heard him walk in. She coughs and says not to mention it again. She'll see him tomorrow.
Daddy buckles his kids in the back seat, listening to the boy ramble on about his day, the little girl trying to interrupt. Daddy nods and smiles, fixes the rearview mirror and drives through the yard careful not to rip the grass up as he turns on the main road. They both fall asleep before he makes it home.
My mom wakes up in a sweat, calls me on the phone when I'm asleep telling me all about her marvelous dream about Daddy and my kids. Tells me this wouldn't be the first time she's saw him and I make it to the end. I tell her this wouldn't be the first time I believed it either.