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The Table

As a child
I sat beneath my grandmother’s table
And listened to the stories and whispers
Of all who gathered 'round

If mom was in a really good mood
A cover could go over and make it into
The most exciting of hideaways

As I got older my friends would gather 'round
To watch me blow the candles from a birthday cake
The streamers, the noisy horns
The spills dripping down the middle

It became the place of games
Cards and much fun
And sometimes a wee bit too much competition
But always
Laughter and friends

It’s the place the women stay 
And discuss everyone, everything
After dinner and football is on

It’s the office
Mail in stacks waiting to be dealt with
The weekly writing of checks

It’s the place my children have gathered
To pound play dough
Stir brownies
Carve pumpkins
Do homework
Paint masterpieces
And blow out their own candles

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  1. Date: 2/14/2009 7:16:00 AM
    Laurie, you have so beautifully captured the one place that is truly the heart of the home. I love this awesome write that brings about many wonderful memories for me. A fav for sure! Happy Valentines Day! Such a fun day to be on the Soup! Loveudo too, Robin

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 10:19:00 AM
    And don't forget the tablecloth so they can hide below ... smile ... what a beautiful write here Laurie. I enjoyed it very much. Welcome to PoetrySoup and I hope you return soon with lots more writes in '09.

  1. Date: 12/28/2008 8:05:00 PM
    The Table! Makes me think of The Last Supper~When Jesus broke the bread of His body, and passed the cup of His blood"~"Hello Blessed & Precious Laurie Ginn!"~I hope your holidays are going wonderfully for you dear lady!~What a very lovely and tender write this was~a reflection of your heart & soul I believe!~"I truly loved it!"~"My Love & Warmth To You & All You Love, Always, John!"~"Happy New Year!":)

  1. Date: 12/3/2008 8:54:00 AM
    this is wonderful, Laurie :) ~Love Sammy~

  1. Date: 12/1/2008 5:57:00 PM
    How old are you? I am 16. . . Love You Too Alexz ^.^

  1. Date: 11/29/2008 12:36:00 PM
    Awww, what a sweet poem, weaved with memories, amazing. :) Kitchens rule. love, Kristin

  1. Date: 11/29/2008 8:29:00 AM
    I have a table that belonged to my aunt, and I will pass it to my daughter one day, my aunt was the one that had all the family get togethers at her house....some things do hold so many memories...this is a precious poem...always, Christy

  1. Date: 11/29/2008 7:50:00 AM
    We take such simple things for granted, yet they have such a history and are such a part of our lives. One of the first poems I submitted was called The Old Oak Table, which I wrote for my friend (neighbor), after she sold her first kitchen table at a yard sale, then after it was gone, she started to feel so sad about letting it go. We make our memories over things like this. I love this, Laurie! It hits home. ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 11/29/2008 7:00:00 AM
    If that table only had ears. A special piece of furniture you pay tribute to and do it justice. Awesome write. Love, Shar