Back on the 15th

Hi everyone,

We leave in the morning for our annual family vacation. Jeff is here from Portland, Oregon. Robin and her family and my sister Jule and her family will all spend the next several days together. We’re going to be in Branson, Missouri for the third year. In the past we’ve taken cruises, flown to Florida and Hawaii, and each year it has been my mother’s treat. Mom adored getting the family together. She didn’t have that much money but said she liked spending it to make good memories while she was alive to enjoy them too.

This year Mom won’t be with us. She’s too weak to make the trip and this will be the last time that she will play host to our reunion. We will miss her and no doubt spend time sharing great memories of her. This is the way she would want it.

Here’s a poem Mom wrote. I don’t know when but it seems to be about me a long time ago. She began writing poems more than seventy-five years ago and we published a book of her work when she was ninety-five. In less than a month she will celebrate her 100th birthday.

Contentment
By Laura Neva Harrison

A straw hat,
A cane pole,
A can of bait,
A fishin’ hole.

A sunny day,
A lazy stream,
A place to rest,
A dream to dream.

A light heart,
A whistle of joy,
A perfect day,
A happy boy.

Thanks, Mom.

David

12 comments on “Back on the 15th

  1. Dear David,
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful get-together sharing love and happy memories. What a lovely poem! The joy of simple pleasures… Happy Birthday, Laura Neva Harrison.

    Cory

    • Thank you, Cory! There will be eleven of us and we’re sure to make many new memories. I’ll tell Mom that I posted one of her poems today. She’ll be pleased.

      David

  2. David,
    Enjoy your family reunion. I can see your mom is a lot like mine was. I’m thinking it would be a wonderful project for someone in the family to take lots of pictures and make a memory book for your mom.
    Thank you for sharing her poem. It is beautifully crafted from the title Contentment to the “A happy boy.” I especially like how the first stanza loads images and is so concrete. Do tell your mom “thank you” for sharing her beauty with the world. I hope you’ll share more of her poetry.

    • Hi Joy!

      Thanks for the suggestion. My son Jeff did that for her not long ago and put the pictures on a computer-driven frame that loops through a hundred or more pictures. She loves it!

      I’ll tell her that she is receiving rave reviews of her poetry! She’ll like that too!

      David

  3. Hi David,
    Tell your Mom, “Happy Birthay, 100 WOW. We like her poem. It brought joy and happiness with it.”
    I was in my late twenties when I met a woman who “I called truly contented.” Many happy moments before that for me, meeting her showed me how to be calm. Marie and her husband were good friends to my husband and I, Her whole being showed contentment.
    Enjoy the time with your family.

    • Janet, thank you very much. I’ll certainly convey your happy birthday wishes to Mom and tell her you liked her poem!

      David

  4. Dear David
    You found your 99 year old Mom a place of contentment
    A straw hat,
    A cane pole,
    A can of bait,
    A fishin’ hole.

    A sunny day,
    A lazy stream,
    A place to rest,
    A dream to dream.

    A light heart,
    A whistle of joy,
    A perfect day,
    A happy boy.
    Jeanne Poland

    • Thank you, Jeanne,

      I think she is content. Mom says she has had a good life and will leave, when the time comes, without regret.

      David

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