Mairzy Doats

lavender laughter filled the carrolled down windows, April 1962singing with abandon“Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy”giggling, dad and daughterboth too old to be so sillyboth savoring flickers of youth Hear the silly song my dad and I loved: Mairzy Doats, Did anyone else have fun songs they sang on … More Mairzy Doats

Divergence

A million roads divergeand I can only take oneas I am one traveler, decision Looking as far as I canI only see overgrowth in all directionsso I sigh and decide I choose family, childrenleft the stage, the greasepaintthe tutus and pointe shoes With weary bones and musclesthis is where I should bethe road taking me … More Divergence

Redlining

For $5 a day once a week Mildred cleaned our house,ironed Daddy’s white shirts, uniform of 1950s salesmenand took care of a preschooler – me We weren’t well off; Mom was a school secretaryDaddy was a salesman on the road most of the weekMom needed help with the housework So Mildred became our Monday maid. … More Redlining

Mother Flame

She took the edge off a biting chill warmed our home with no whiff of fireworks consuming scant resources for her efforts  Her flame housed within confinements of her era, class, her gender and background danced with unique passion within ‘her place’  Not a doting Donna Reed type nor an activist burning her bra she … More Mother Flame

Pancakes for Supper

Mom prepared a healthy meal for us each night and morning, too, for that matter even though she worked outside the house unlike the moms of my friends who stayed home and ironed, drinking Coke-a-Cola while watching As the World Turns But every once in a while when Daddy was out of town on business … More Pancakes for Supper

Room for Living

If you listen between the heirloom china cabinet and the Tiffany lamp by the sofa you can hear faint melodies of memories like tinkling crystals of a chandelier Deals dealt Announcements proclaimed Sacrifices and celebrations Secrets hidden Affection displayed Years of fury and comfort – Family life lived in the living room