eyeglasses perched on the forehead
reaching to the cupboard above
as the mind tumbles back to yesterday…
over the grass-covered hillsides
running carefree with friends
giggling and laughing
until the bell rings to line up
the good Sister leads us in prayer
then invited, we take our seats
as we sit in desk rows straight
drinking in the words of wisdom
dutifully reciting the spelling words of the week
the numbers adding and subtracting
our moments in time
eyeing the recess bell
hurrying through our brown bag lunch
of peanut butter honey sandwiches
rushing down the staircase to the open air
playing Red Rover Red Rover
let our friends come over
until the learning signal sounds once more
as we crowd into the four-room schoolhouse
none the worst for it as we file in
when Nancy lets out a shriek
for the dead mouse someone left on her chair
geography lessons take us to worlds beyond
then the three o’clock chime
finally delivers us a bit more
we leave more quickly than we rushed in…
Once again we face open time
Our families have left us far behind
Once again we sit and watch the digits disappear
Moments drag on…hitting us hard
Once again we must pick ourselves up
Fighting for life…
For the purpose that once was so clear
Penning our words, frightful to read
Oh this is breathtaking. Love to you.
Thank you, Cindy… a blessed New Year is wished for you! Love to you too!
Best wishes at the start of the new year. (see attachment) Rita Toutant
On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 12:06 AM Footprints of Thoughts wrote:
Hi Sister Rita!
Nice to hear from YOU! Happy New Year to you also! Wishing you health and happiness! I know you are working for justice for the people and I share your hopes and desires! Best to you!
Very nice Jane, living in Fl now, with my partner,Robin. Going on 2 yrs now. Drop me a line when u can. Ho po e uh oh are do i.m ng well and happy. Love, Jeannie
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Hello, Jean! What a pleasant surprise! I have written you emails but evidently you did not receive them! I still have the SAME email as before–email@example.com. Maybe you can write first, and then I will have the correct email? I am happy for you that you have found someone to share life with! Wonderful for you! Love and hugs to you!
This is beautiful, evoking tremulous memories of bygone days.
We’ve only met once at church in tosa and I’ve followed your musings periodically.
My blog has been up and down just as periodically. Hopefully it will begin again. Happy New Year.
MJ’s passionate poetry.
Thank you for taking the time to read and respond with your wonderful comment, Marlynne! Nice to be remembered too! I will look for your blog…and maybe, one day, see you again in Tosa! Blessings to you in this New Year of 2019!