Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Empty Nester/Retirement (from work) (09/10/09)
TITLE: A book in Invisible Ink
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
About my married life.
The chapters all describe my years
Of living as a wife.
The binding of my little book
For fifty years together
Is strong because of love for God
And love for one another.
At first, I thought our days would be
Just billing and a cooing,
But he thought meals should be on time,
And then would come the wooing.
So I set out to learn to cook;
He hoped that I could do it.
Though some meals were a travesty,
We managed to live through it.
Who knew that just a little rice
Could grow to so much more,
Then bubble from the pot and stove
And spill upon the floor?
We prayed that we’d have children, and
God blessed us with a son,
And later sent a baby girl
To double work and fun.
The pages for our special days
Show joyful celebrations,
Of holidays with family
And pride-filled graduations.
We watched our children’s weddings to
Their mates God had intended.
Then grandkids added pleasure as
Our family was extended.
In times of work and times of play,
My husband’s been beside me,
He’s teased me, and he’s made me laugh,
But never failed to guide me.
In hours of joy or sadness or
Occasions I felt fear,
There was no other person that
I’d choose to hold me near.
We’ve seen the wonders of God’s world
In travel east to west,
And while their beauty we enjoyed,
The coming home was best.
The years flew by when kids were here;
Now we’re alone again
Still sharing times, both good and bad,
The way it’s always been
We’re happy in our golden years,
Yet still in memory,
I love the past that’s written in
My heart indelibly.
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