The morning was dreary
and the day proclaimed length
and there at the door
was a gentle knock
“Ma, Mrs. Schultz is here with the Watkins’ Products!”
Excitement abounded in the house
with the prospect of smelling the latest bottled spices and
getting a whiff of the vanilla aroma
Mom, with eleven children of her own,
always seemed to come up with some money to buy from Mrs. Schultz
Who had a genuine smile when selling her wares
She had several children ( Kathryn was in my class
I envied her lanky height…tall and thin…and a
gentle spirit with a kind smile)
Mrs. Schultz’s husband had injured himself at work
So she had to find a way to support the family.
To me, her tired eyes carried the world
but her ready smile made me happy she had come.
A day growing up
Witnessing the exchange between two mothers
Living their lives and contributing their best
For each other’s success
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