This is a day late but hopefully not a dollar short. Yesterday, my mother would have been eighty-six years old. May she rest in peace. Today’s WordPress Wednesday contribution is in her memory. Enjoy!
The inspiration for this list was a discussion between The Producer and me about how kids can light the parental upset fuse by a simple question. We both have asked some and have been asked some.
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In my childhood,
I helped Mother in the house,
went to school, was praised by teachers,
threatened with an eighteen-inch ruler,
played with siblings and friends,
was harassed by schoolyard bullies.
As a teen-ager, I went to high school,
to the prom, graduated.
In my adult years, I went to college,
got a job, was married.
When I grow old,
can’t see, hear, or walk,
depend on others,
I’ll remember my life.
This is the last poem in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. To hear me read it and sing a song about an old cat remembering her younger years, visit https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/i%20remember-memory.mp3 .
Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author
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