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Saturdays with Mama

November 22, 2017

Because I am loath to journey forward, I find myself looking back for strength. One place I find myself visiting more and more Is Saturday mornings with Mama.   Those mornings always started early, not so early as on a school day, But early enough as not to waste the day away. For me, it… Read More ›

Being with Daddy

My daddy taught me that it isn’t so much what you do in life that matters; it’s the people you’re with while doing it who are important. Of course, if you knew my daddy, you know those words never came out of his mouth. Let’s just say he wasn’t much of a talker, but the… Read More ›

A Mother’s Hand

In my earliest memory, I am holding my mother’s hand. The scene is not much more than a flash of images here and there, Towering concrete steps leading up to a hospital, A sunshine day that is out of kilter with what should be, And yet, there’s a constancy within, a simple, trusting security I’ve… Read More ›

To Morgan: She Rests in Beauty

When you were just a little girl, I wrote this poem after walking in on you in the middle of the day asleep on your bedroom floor. The scene was one I’ll never forget. In that moment, I knew there could never be anything more beautiful to me than you, nothing I could possibly love… Read More ›

To My Little Sister on Her Birthday

Ok, to be honest, I didn’t know what the big deal was when they brought you home from the hospital. I thought things were just fine before you. Leigh Anne did her thing. I did mine. The biggest fights were over whether to watch “I Love Lucy” (her) or “Gilligan’s Island” (me). In fact, it… Read More ›

A Tribute to My Sister

Today is my older sister’s birthday. As she will tell you, I enjoy pointing out that she is indeed the older one – if only by one year and twenty-three days – because I frequently get comments like, “Leigh Anne’s older?!?! I thought you were!” I tell myself the comments are just because I’m taller,… Read More ›

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