Sunday, June 28, 2009

It Wasn't That Long Ago

Aunt Mona
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It wasn't that long ago when you played games with me,
Treated me to ice cream sodas at Petrie's Drug Store,
Took me to Saturday matinees at Milwain's.

It wasn't that long ago when you swung me in the big tire swing,
Fixed my hair like Rita Heyworth's and Lana Turner's,
Let me ride with you in the rumble seat of the old Model-T.

It wasn't that long ago when you taught me to play
"Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" on the piano,
Let me dig through your stash of movie magazines,
And didn't get mad when I tore some up.

It wasn't that long ago,
But it must have been.
Your hair was burnished auburn then,
And now it is sterling silver.

* * *

Happy 80th birthday, Aunt Mona. And thank you.


Suzanne said...

VERY lovely.

Anonymous said...

That was so touching. Loved it!

Anonymous said...

In response to Willow on 06/26/09

Zanadu,I am just an old friend. I liked your writing then... and I like it even more now. I can see how you have grown, (the old style was of a rough little yankee girl)however you were only projecting, keeping the scared lil' country girl hidden- and now more true to the root of your true hearts calling. Ric says it best;
"Let the stories be told
They can say what they want
Let the photos be old
Let them show what they want."
I wish you the best of everything.You deserve it.

Patience-please said...

Smiling lovely words!

met said...

Excellent tribute to a wonderful aunt.

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