Simple Explanations?

Carol A. Hand

There’s a magical doorframe

where we measure our height

Mischievous “Little People” visit there

hidden far from our sight

Under the floorboards they wait patiently

until the time is right

to raise or lower the floor

struggling with all of their might

Once our growth lines are recorded

we’re curious to assess our plight

to see if we’ve grown taller or shrunk

laughing at surprises with childish delight


Magic Doorframe 1
Magic Doorframe 2











This poem was inspired by my granddaughter who is always eager to measure how much she has grown. But sometimes, she is actually shorter. That happens to me, too, so we came up with a logical explanation and tested it on Thanksgiving night. She grew this time and I shrunk, although there was no way we could confirm the cause… 


For more information about “Little People ,” you might want to check out the following links:

34 thoughts on “Simple Explanations?

  1. Until last year when we finally painted over it (I shed a few tears) we had height marks on what is now my craft room wall going back 20 years. The boys were very competitive and wanted measuring every visit, whether it had been 2 weeks or 2 months, especially when they were going through their growth spurts during the teenage years. It got to the point we could no longer reach without a step 😄 We took photos of the markings before we decorated and my husband copied it all down on paper intending to stick it up afterwards, and then we changed the flooring and it all became a bit too complicated and the plan was shelved.

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  2. I checked out the first of the two links you left. Very interesting. It reminds me of the “fairies” the people of Iceland believe inhabit their country in another dimension and who are able to pass between the two (or more?) dimensions. They attempt to build roads and buildings in ways that won’t disturb areas known to be inhabited and used frequently by these fairies. I watched a documentary about it once. I’d post a link, but don’t recall the title. I’d like to see it again. 😀

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    1. I am so glad to hear that you checked out the link! Thank you for sharing such important information about how people from another culture describe “Little People.” Some of my Ojibwe relatives can see Little People and shared a little bit about what they had learned about them. The ability to see them is not one of my gifts. 🙂

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    1. Your comment made me smile, Bob. You have a good eye for detail. Pinto did sneak into the frame, and I couldn’t resist using the photo with some editing to make it look “magical.” The funny thing about his image in the shot is that he almost looks like the Ojibwe description of the Little People (Memegwisi) – little hairy elf-like people. 🙂


  3. I found it! 😀

    The documentary, “Investigation Into the Invisible World”, explores the occult beliefs of people in Iceland where people commonly see ghosts and find elves underneath stones. If the government is building a road and people dream that elves live in the road’s path, the government will cease building and wait for the elves to move on.

    Interesting, huh?

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  4. Now…. if we could only have a door frame that measured Sincerity Haha, wouldn’t that be fun? I appreciate the light hearted posts as well, being serious in thought is important but doesn’t often yield the joy of a good chuckle. Today I was sent a good joke. “Why was the letter E the only letter to get Christmas gifts? “

    All the other letters were not E 😝
    Take care

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    1. Lightheartedness is good for the spirit. Thank you for sharing your joke, Ray. My granddaughter and I had many laughs the past couple days. When we were playing scrabble, she learned a new word, “ajar.” “What does that mean, Ahma,” she asked. “It means that something is partly open, like a door. The door is ajar.” She laughed. “How can a door be a jar,” she asked. Ah, a good question. We then googled a question, “Can a jar can be ajar?” There were no intelligible responses to our question, although a friend pointed out that a jar lid can be ajar, but a jar cannot be alid.

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