TITLE: Cottage Hearts
By Linda Watson Owen
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A favorite book, a happy hum
was all it took to keep me warm
in Mom's soft lap within her arms.
She kept me safe from every harm.
Inside our cozy cottage walls,
love and laughter covered all.
Though others may have thought us poor,
the luxuries I knew were more
than any king or queen could boast
for riches of the heart count most.
I never heard a whine or sigh
until I joined the world outside
where those who had, just wanted more.
Did they know what they were longing for?
Surely they had never lived
in a house where love and caring gives
light to even the darkest days.
True wealth is measured in many ways.
Cottage hearts strengthen by meeting loss
with hope and courage accepting the cost
of helping each other by being there
and reaping the riches of joy and prayer.
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