Poetry Monday: “Grins and Giggles” by Iza Trapani + Picture Book Giveaway

February 27, 2012 94 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe
Bubbles by Iza Trapani

Bubbles! ~ illustration by Iza Trapani

UPDATE 3/3/2012: The winner of the book giveaway is TINA M CHO! Congrats, Tina! An email is coming your way…

So much to do, so much to see
No time for silly stories of me.
A poem, a poet, a giveaway
await you in my post today.

Iza Trapani shall be our guest,
an author, artist, and master of jest.
Her “Grins and Giggles” will make you snort —
I tell you now, she’s a clever sort!

So quiet down, don’t flap your jaws…
and let’s give Iza a round of guffaws!

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Grins and Giggles

I sensed a case of grins and giggles
starting to appear,
Beginning with that silly smile
that stretched from ear to ear
Then grew and grew so wide that it
could span a hemisphere.
I knew this case of grins and giggles
would be quite severe.

I felt a tiny tickle in my belly
start to sprout
And there it squirmed and jiggled
and it jostled all about.
The pressure built inside me —
a volcano ripe to spout.
A record-breaking chuckle
was just waiting to come out.

My ears were twitching wildly now;
my face was cherry red.
I thought my cheeks would puff up
like a loaf of rising bread.
I feared my eyes would surely pop
and fly right off my head.
I fought the urge to burst, but I was
hanging by a thread.

It was a world class laughing fit —
by far my personal best,
A riotous, hilarious
grins and giggles fest.
I thought that it was brilliant,
but my teacher’s not impressed.
It’s not my fault it happened
in the middle of a test.

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Laughing on a star

Giggling on a star ~ illustration by Iza Trapani

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[heading style=”1″]Guest Poet Snickerview™ ~ Iza Trapani[/heading]

What’s Up with Iza

Iza, who are you, where are you, and how long have you been giggling like a schoolgirl?
I am lucky to be a children’s book author and illustrator, living in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State, and giggling away the hours, as I have done since I can remember.

Author/Illustrator Iza Trapani

‘Fess up — is “Grins and Giggles” an autobiographical poem?
While I can’t recall one single incident, I am sure I have had many giggle gaffes in my time. “Appropriate” is not a word that comes to mind when I get that tickle in my belly. I do remember holding back chuckles in class.

Anyone who watches that video can tell you are clearly a rabble rouser. How much time did you spend in the corner and/or detention as a schoolgirl? And now?
Now, what gave you that idea? I do have a mischievous streak, but I was always a well-behaved school girl. (Uh-huh.) Well, most of the time. Okay, sometimes. And now? Almost never!

Making poetry videos is a laugh riot, isn’t it? What did you love most about the experience?
Oh, it was a laugh riot, all right! Do you have any idea how many takes I had? We live on a 112-acre farm. You’d think recording a two-minute video would be a piece of cake. But no! I had interruptions from low-flying helicopters, cackling crows, braying donkeys, honking geese, howling dogs, gusting wind…not to mention my own slip-ups, like when I said the wrong words, when something blew in my eye causing a tear to dribble down my cheek, when my mouth frothed and I almost spit up…

Egads! I never thought there’d be frothing at the mouth when I asked poets to do videos! I was going to ask if you had any video bloopers, but I guess the answer is yes. So the big question is, will you contribute them to my blooper reel so we can all laugh at commiserate with you?
Sure! But be warned that most of my bloopers need bleeping. (She ain’t kidding!) Those interruptions and slip-ups might have resulted in a few choice words not suitable for a G-rated blog. 🙂

I knew you were trouble! What do you do when you’re not disturbing the peace with your incessant snickering?
Ha! I write, draw pictures, dream up ideas, read, spend time social networking, play endless games of Facebook scrabble, go for walks with my mastiff, Jambo, and sometimes my husband, Rob, beat my head against the wall when my PhD physicist stepson, Gabe, tries to explain fractals to me, take Pilates classes, take voice lessons and sing harmony with my friend Sarah, play piano, cook, garden, ski, sail, kayak…I’ll rest when I die! 🙂

Excellent! I’ll be right over to sing show tunes around the piano.

Is your opus focused mainly on eyeball-flying, belly-tickling, jiggle-squirmy giggle poetry, or do you do other stuff, too?
“Grins and Giggles” is from my on-going collection of poems for children. Most are funny; many are tongue twisters. My main focus is on writing and illustrating children’s books, most of which are extended nursery rhymes such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and my upcoming April release, The Bear Went over the Mountain.

Can we come visit you and peruse your wares? (Online, of course, not at your house. You clearly have no self-control, and we don’t want to take any chances.)
Oh, you are a funny woman! I would love visitors! Everyone can find me at the following sites:

Website: www.izatrapani.com
Blog: http://izatrapani.com/blog
Facebook Page: Iza Trapani Author/illustrator
Twitter: @IzaTrapani

Thanks for stopping by, Iza, and for adding “Grins and Giggles” to No Water River’s growing video poetry library!
Thank you, Renée. It has been such fun working on this project and getting to know you. Your site is wonderful — and so are you!

Your flattery will never change my opinion about you, you sly gal!  

Did you like this poem by Iza?
There’s no doubt that it’s a pleeza!
It could turn a grumpy geeza
to a grinning, giggling wheeza!

Now bring on the free stuff!

[heading style=”1″]Picture Book Giveaway![/heading]

Shockingly, Iza was too modest to tell you this, but she has published twenty-two books (twenty-two!) — that’s right, one for every year of my life!

(You know, it’s rude to smirk.) 

This is an easy one, folks! If you’d like a chance to win one of Iza Trapani’s darling extended nursery rhyme books, just leave a comment on this post telling us what makes you laugh, like the word “pickles” or whiskers on kittens. I don’t own a hat, so all your names will go in one of the diamond-encrusted golden chalices I have lying around (or a shoe), and the winner may choose one of the books pictured below.

Iza Trapani Giveaway

Winner's choice!

Of course, if you’d like to tweet or share this post or subscribe or send me chocolate, that would be lovely, but not necessary to win. See you in the comments!

The winner will be announced on this same post on Friday.

(And keep an eye out for Iza’s April release, The Bear Went over the Mountain. OK, I’m done now.)

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Video Location: A hundred wild acres where Iza hangs from trees, Hudson Valley, New York.

See more poems in my poetry video library.
 
“Grins and Giggles” copyright © 2012 Iza Trapani

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91 Comments

  1. Dana Carey
    5 years ago

    You both got me! I laughed and even smirked (sorry, Renée–I’m 22 too).
    It was fun getting to know a little more about Iza. Her book, THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER was sent to us here in France when my daughter was a baby. It was fun to be able to share a song I sang in kindergarten with her. (She went to French school so wouldn’t hear it there.) I was thrilled to find Iza on twitter all these years later. It was fantastic to hear her recite a poem. I love this feature on your blog, Renée. Mondays are so much better now! 🙂

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      No smirking! I’m glad Poetry Mondays brighten the beginning of your week — mine too, especially when I have such warm and generous and funny guests!

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Dana, I loved the 22 part too, smirk, smirk. Shhh…she might hear us 🙂
      Thanks again for the kind words!

      Reply

  2. Joanna Marple
    5 years ago

    Snigger, guffaw, screech 🙂 You guys gave ma lot of fun this morning. I so like the fact you do in video form. I have yet to ever produce a video… do you use a normal digital camera?

    I sooooo want to win, but I know, it can’t me fixed..; so Ill just cross my fingers.

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Joanna, I use a Flip video camera, but I believe Iza used an iPhone. There are lots of options, and the videos are so fun! Email me and we’ll talk! 🙂

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Yes, I used my iphone, Joanna. Wondrous little gadget takes surprisingly good videos.I had fun!

      Reply

  3. Iza Trapani
    5 years ago

    Thank you, Dana and Joanna and Renee, of course! I had such fun doing this!

    Reply

  4. Linda Baie
    5 years ago

    Well actually, funny videos are lately making me laugh, like this one on your post. How different things are since just a few years ago, when you were in your teens, I suppose, that we didn’t have YouTube! These books are just delicious looking, just right for a couple of granddaughters I know! Thanks for a fun-filled chuckle of a post!

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      HA! When I was in my teens…yes, it was hard without YouTube, not sure how I survived…

      I always know when a teacher comments, because they always follow directions! Thanks for telling us what makes you laugh! The books are yummy, indeed, aren’t they? I’ve had my eye on Twinkle Twinkle as I just love those illustrations.

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you, Linda. Glad to ad a smile to your day!

      Reply

      • Iza Trapani
        5 years ago

        I won’t charge you for the smiles, Linda. I meant “add” not “ad”! 🙂

        Reply

  5. Natalie
    5 years ago

    I loved your poem, Iza! You did an outstanding job with the video too! 🙂 What fun you are!

    I have to say that we are proud owners of your “I’m a Little Teapot,” book. My boys like me to sing it to them as they bob up and down doing their teapot movements. We have enjoyed that book very much! 🙂

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Natalie! Give your boys big hugs from me!

      Reply

  6. Vivian Kirkfield
    5 years ago

    Twenty-two books…oh me, oh my
    Hearing that just makes me fly
    To practice more of writing craft
    And type another PB draft.

    Renee, thank you so much for starting my Monday in such an uplifting way. It is definitely good to laugh. 🙂

    Iza…I love your lilting poetry..and, more importantly, I think kids will love it too!

    Oh, and by the way Renee, if I knew where to send it, the chocolate would be on its way. 🙂

    Would love to win one of these awesome books for my three year old grandson. 🙂

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Vivian, thank you! Keep writing your wonderful verse. Dreams CAN come true!

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Vivian, I will send you my address immediately. I like both dark and milk chocolate, no nuts. 🙂

      And thank you for commenting in rhyme! It’s my new favorite thing!

      Reply

      • Vivian Kirkfield
        5 years ago

        That would be awesome…I’m a fan of both as well!
        I just had to do the rhyme…in response to yours, of course. 🙂

        Reply

  7. Cathy Mealey
    5 years ago

    What makes me laugh, guffaw and snort?

    A video poem of any sort!

    I have a favorite book by far,

    It’s “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

    My girl once said, “I have to think

    That stars are giggling when they blink.”

    So listen well if kids are near.

    They tell the truths you want to hear!

    Thank you Iza. Thanks Renee. Your lovely post has made my day!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Wow! That’s a great poem, Cathy. Well done! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Cathy, your comment made MY day. Love it!

      Reply

  8. Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
    5 years ago

    Yay Iza! I can’t wait to see those non-G rated bloopers! 🙂 Your interview with Renee cracked me! Renee….have you considered stand up comedy? Thanks so much for sharing! Please enter my name in one of your diamond encrusted golden chalices, or running shoe, as I would LOvE to have one of Iza’s lovely books! You guys are great! Have a wonderful day!

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Your name found a snuggly little spot right down in the toe of the shoe, so you’re in! I think my stand-up comedy would make people stand up and leave, not so comically…

      Reply

      • Iza Trapani
        5 years ago

        Somehow I don’t believe that. In any case, you are a fantastic interviewer!

        Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thanks, Bananabeth! Renee’s questions cracked me up big time! She is one funny and witty woman!

      Reply

  9. Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    5 years ago

    The poem is funny! The ending was VERY funny 🙂
    Yes, we need kid appropriate bloopers! 🙂 Your illustrations are awesome too! I really like the poets you have on your blog Ms. LaTulippe! I’m going to check out Ms. Trapani’s blog!

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Thanks, Erik — I’ve got more poets coming that I think you’ll like too. And I told them all to keep their bloopers kid-appropriate. I’ll just have to bleep Iza’s — I told you all she was a trouble maker! 🙂

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you Erik! I’m glad you liked it, in spite of me being such a trouble maker 🙂

      Reply

  10. Eric Van Raepenbusch
    5 years ago

    I love Poetry Mondays! Loved the poem. It made me think of my son — he has the best laugh! I see him getting in trouble a lot in school in the near future!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Oh boy- you’re in for it, Eric! I love hearty, contagious laughs! Thanks so much 🙂

      Reply

  11. Tina Cho
    5 years ago

    Lovely interview, Renee & Iza! My daughter and I enjoyed the video, as she’s studying poetry this week.
    Silly things my children do or say make me giggle!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Perfect, Tina! Make sure you check out Renee’s video poems too. You’ll enjoy them!

      Reply

  12. Julie Hedlund
    5 years ago

    I so love Iza’s work, so what a treat to hear her recite her own poetry. Unfortunately, I have not been able to wipe the smile from my face!

    This is such a great series Renee. You should really promote it for Poetry Month in April.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you, Julie! Are you still smiling? 🙂 I agree with you. Renee has a great thing going here.

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Great idea, Julie! I’m looking into it!

      Reply

  13. Patricia Tilton
    5 years ago

    Met Izza on another blog and am so enchanted with her work. So much fun. Lovely poem Izza. You are having way too muh fun! Fun to read something more about Iza.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Patricia! Thank you 🙂

      Reply

  14. Stacy Jensen
    5 years ago

    It took me until Tuesday, but I made it. Thanks for the giggles ladies.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you, Stacy! Glad to keep you grinning 🙂

      Reply

  15. Stasha
    5 years ago

    I cannot wait to show this video to my son in the morning. We read “Shoo fly” before bed tonight. Iza is our favorite!
    What makes me giggle? The way my son says sausage.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Stasha! Isn’t it sweet how kids pwonounce certain words? A virtual hug, my friend. Maybe a real one someday!

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Welcome, Stasha! So glad you enjoyed Iza’s wonderful performance!

      Reply

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill
    5 years ago

    Love this post and the video! Iza is one of my favorite people 🙂 Great job with the video – Renee asked me and i couldn’t pull it off, so I am awed my your mastery of technology and the fact that you can recite a poem without cursing, stumbling, or looking insane because you’re not quite looking at the camera properly! Well done! And very entertaining interview! 🙂

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Oh I wouldn’t go that far! I recorded it on my iphone ( one click does the trick). And as for no cursing, stumbling or looking insane–. well, you’ll just have to see one of the many bloopers that need bleeping!

      Reply

  17. patientdreamer
    5 years ago

    I laughed my head off at this interview. I so love your warmth and energy Renee and Iza is such a honey to play along. Your blog is a one in a millon with your Monday video…. such a joy to visit…. and what on earth took me so long to get here today… tut..tut! Thankyou for the laughs ..ladies!

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      What a beautiful comment, Diane — thank you so much! Words like that make the hours of prep feel even more worthwhile. Iza is a VERY good sport, indeed, and her joie de vivre just shines right through!

      Reply

      • Iza Trapani
        5 years ago

        Oh, you’re being nice to me for a change, Renee, you sly girl 🙂 Should I be worried?

        Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you, Diane! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I sure did!

      Reply

  18. Carter Higgins
    5 years ago

    THIS IS SUCH A FUN POST! Ok, sorry for yelling, but for real. I love laughing, and grinning, and giggling. And the word ‘guffaw’ takes a very prominent place in my current WIP. 🙂

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Ooh, there’s guffawing going on? Yay! Glad you enjoyed the post, Carter!

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      I’m grinning, giggling and guffawing right along with you, Carter! Thanks!

      Reply

  19. Hannah
    5 years ago

    Love, love, love this! I always feel like laughing at all the most inappropriate times (like during prayer or in the middle of class). I can definitely relate to your giggler here. But the thing that makes me want to laugh the most is this… Hearing other people, especially children, with the chuckles!

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      That’s so true, Hannah! There’s nothing more giggle-inducing than watching someone else who has a case of the sillies. 🙂

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Yes, Hannah, laughter is contagious but it’s also great medicine 🙂
      Thanks so much!

      Reply

  20. Donna L. Sadd
    5 years ago

    I pubbed a children’s picture book a wee short time ago,
    and search the blogging universe to learn what I should know.

    So happy to have stopped here; I’m smiling ear to ear.
    To land in a zone of poetry is hard to find- that’s clear.

    I’m happy that I found you, and follow you I will.
    I’d love for you to review my book, now that would be a thrill!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Hi Donna. I’m loving these rhyming comments! So happy to have you here in poetry zone!

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Donna — and for commenting in rhyme, of course!

      Reply

  21. Penny Klostermann
    5 years ago

    This was my weekly library day…and guess what I brought home? Yes…you guessed! Iza Trapani books. The video is a wonderful addition to Renee’s video library. Absolutely grinned ear to ear while listening. This happened so many times to me while teaching school…the kids getting a case of the giggles. It is so contagious that I would get the giggles, too. So, we just stopped and giggled all together. Your poem captured it perfectly.
    And, if you two get together to sing show tunes…I wanna come!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Yay! Penny, how nice. Oh that would be trouble – giggling along with the students- but I bet they loved you! I’ll sing show tunes with Renee anytime and would love to have you join us 😉

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Yes! A show tune trio — I’m in!

      Reply

  22. Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities
    5 years ago

    I can honestly say I’ve experienced “a world class laughing fit” and it wasn’t pretty. On our first Valentine’s date, my boyfriend (now my husband) took me to a mexican restaurant. Some students from Wartburg college walked by wearing jackets with logos and my husband made some funny side remark (not insulting, only a observation with much respect for Wartburg). Since “wart” is obviously such a funny word I started giggling, choked on a tortilla chip and threw up, indeed a “volcano ripe to spout.” Giggles can get you into all sorts of trouble.

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Good heavens, Janelle, now THAT’S a story! And he married you anyway – what a guy! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by – I enjoyed your site as well.

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Oh my! That was quite a romantic date, Janelle! Sounds like you have yourself a great guy. Isn’t it funny how certain words can set us off? Thanks for sharing your funny story.

      Reply

  23. Amy Paulus
    5 years ago

    I love the thought of my cheeks “puffing up like a loaf of bread!” Great images came to mind while reading this poem. I taught 8th grade at one time and have two small children…all kids laugh; all adults laugh and often it’s at inappropriate times or inappropriate things….to be able to lighten the mood is such a blessing 🙂

    Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Ha, that’s one of my favorite images, too, Amy. I agree – I’m all for levity!

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thanks, Amy! Happy laughing with you and your little ones! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply

  24. Sally
    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Iza with us. Love the giggley poems and her illustrations are wonderful.
    I get the giggles a lot – but for some reason the word “slacks” just makes me laugh 🙂

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Hi Sally! I know- slacks, trousers. Why not just pants? Thanks for the kind words!

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      HA! “Slacks” IS quite funny, isn’t it! Slacks slacks slacks slacks. 🙂

      Reply

  25. Galit Breen
    5 years ago

    Oh my, LOVE this!

    My children’s belly laughs make me laugh.

    (Thank goodness for that, right?)

    Excellent post and giveaway, you two!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Belly laughs are the best! Thanks so much, Galit!

      Reply

    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      So glad to see you here, Galit. You have such a gorgeous blog — and a new follower! 🙂

      Reply

  26. Mary K
    5 years ago

    A couple of weekends ago I was in the mountains with my parents. We were looking for birds and trying to identify them. My dad identified one bird (jokingly) as the “Blue-throated Cheese Cracker.” For some reason, this sent me off into a fit of giggles. For the rest of the weekend, I would mention the “Blue-throated Cheese Cracker” and the giggles would start all over again. I am 41 years old and obviously haven’t grown up yet. I have no idea why it was so hilarious.

    Iza – love your stories! As do the preschoolers I read with!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Cracking up over the “blue-throated cheese cracker,” are you? Well, it IS hilarious. How nice to have such a funny man for a dad. Many thanks, Mary!

      Reply

  27. Books 4 Learning
    5 years ago

    I am so glad to find your site. I love the poem “Giggles and Grins.” Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. What makes me laugh? My friend Debbie. Whenever we are out together she does the most outrageous things during every day experiences.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed the poem. Your friend, Debbie, sounds like a good friend to have. Happy giggling!

      Reply

  28. Doraine Bennett
    5 years ago

    What fun! Thanks for the guffaws and the introduction to Iza.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thanks, Doraine! Good to meet you. I will check out your site next!

      Reply

  29. Kathryn
    5 years ago

    My dog never fails to make me laugh. She’s a quirky sort. She likes to hold hands, shows affection by nuzzling feet, and knows the specific names of several types of cheese.

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Sounds like a smart dog, Kathryn! Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

  30. Heather
    5 years ago

    How did I miss this on Monday? (bad blog reader!) This interview and the poems were a perfect way to start my Saturday morning. Coffee and giggles. Thank you Renee and Iza!

    Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      You are welcome, Heather! Glad to start your day off with a giggle. Now wipe that smile off your face! 🙂

      Reply

    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Glad you found it, Heather! I started getting posts by email because the reader just confuses me. Too much information!

      Reply

  31. Laura Barnes (@LaaBWriter)
    5 years ago

    This was a great post! I’m glad I went back and read through my whole week of reader items. I would have hated missing this!

    Reply

  32. laurasalas
    5 years ago

    Ha! Iza is a natural–you’d never know there were bloopers to be had–especially R-rated ones!

    Reply

    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Yes, she’s a ham for sure. Don’t let her quiet demeanor fool you though!

      Reply

    • Iza Trapani
      5 years ago

      Thank you, Laura. I was so thrilled to finally have good take! So happy to meet you. I LOVE A Leaf Can Be!

      Reply

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