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Roads Traveled

  A hank of damp hair hangs limply on her forehead.  With the back of a work reddened hand she brushes it from her face.  From the galvanized tub before her, she withdraws a well worn shirt from the murky water and places it on the weathered washboard.  With lye soap in hand, she scrubs the sweat stained collar, stopping only to assess her progress.  Her back aches from the stooped position she maintains.When finished, she carries them to the clothesline in the yard.

  She is alone, free to occupy her mind with random thoughts.  Things to do, always so many things to do.  Things she has done or would like to .  She allows herself a little flight of whimsy, thinking back to the days of her youth.  She was pretty then.  At least, the boys told her she was and she never corrected them.  She would use her impish smile to flirt and lead them on.  She would watch them try to outdo each other, acting the fool to gain her attention. Like the time Bobby Edson brought her a bouquet of goldenrod although he was allergic to the weed.  She allows herself a quiet chuckle as she remembers him standing there, eyes watering, nose running, and trying so hard to be a man.  

  But that was long ago.  Many years since William, her sweet William, with slicked down hair, starched shirt, and Sunday suit, stuttered through a request for her hand.  And how, on her wedding day, he had borrowed his daddy's old Ford for their one night honeymoon at the hotel in town, only to have it break down a mile from the house, and William walking back to get some help.  Such a tragedy then, yet so humorous now.

  Where did those days go?  When did life lose it's luster and become so predictable.  All the years, one day stacked against another.  Two boys, grown now, out in the fields with their dad.  Truth is, William would not be able to do it without them, but don't try to tell him that.  While his body may have weakened, as has hers, their real strength lies within their love for each other.  They have not been strangers to their share of heartbreak, as with the loss of their only little girl.  But they have also  
had their share of blessings too.  Be thankful she muses.  He won't give you more then you can handle.

  The wayward curl again escapes and cascades down her face.  Absently, she brushes it back in place, and with a last glance out to where a tractors dust rises in the field, she blows a kiss, and turns back toward the house.

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  1. Date: 1/17/2012 1:35:00 PM

    Well written and full of lifes thoughts. A great narrative. Congratulations on your win.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/17/2012 2:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carol
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 10:51:00 PM

    A moving and heartfelt read! Thank you for sharing And May God Bless. Hey, why did you not leave a comment on mine? you only wrote (soup mail)???

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 10:59:00 PM

    Congratulation on your win, my friend. Loved and enjoyed your nice one. bl

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/10/2012 8:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Appreciate it bl. Thanks
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 10:13:00 PM

    Congratulations Bob on your great write. Best regards, Jon

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/9/2012 10:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks much Jon
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 3:03:00 PM

    Wonderful write, Bob - I must try this form

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/9/2012 10:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Please do. I suspect you would be a natural Jack
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 2:18:00 PM

    Congratulations on you win in Debbie Guzzi's contest. A win well deserved. Hugs, Gail

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/9/2012 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Very much appreciate your comments Gail.
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 6:39:00 AM

    Congratulations on you win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Bob. Love, Carol

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/9/2012 8:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carol
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 2:56:00 AM

    Diverse are the roads of life. Wonderful wriite Bob. Thanks for your congrats on Gifts Given, Gifts Received contest.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/9/2012 8:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Appreciate the kudos Onyebuchi. Thanks
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 12:37:00 AM

    best of cheers to you for the great win, bob... remarkable! :) huggs!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/9/2012 8:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Much appreciated Nette
  1. Date: 1/8/2012 9:11:00 PM

    This one made me drop a tear Bob, the one's I reserve for rare moments such as these, love,vie

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/8/2012 9:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Vie. Such a beautiful complement.
  1. Date: 1/8/2012 8:14:00 PM

    CONGRATS BOB ON A WONDERFUL WIN FOR THIS GRAND STORY .. ALWAYS A WINNER WITH WORDS ARE U LUV..

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/8/2012 9:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Linda Marie. I so hope you are well on the mend. We have missed you
  1. Date: 1/5/2012 7:40:00 AM

    Thanks Andrea, and yes, it is.

  1. Date: 1/4/2012 11:47:00 PM

    This is wonderful, Bob. Full of sweet sentiment of nostalgia. I liked the extra little details you gave it such as that hank of hair that hangs in her eyes. Good luck if this is for Deb's contest. A very nice tale.

  1. Date: 1/4/2012 6:40:00 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, Bob. An excellent narrative. Love, Kim

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/4/2012 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Kim.
  1. Date: 1/4/2012 4:15:00 PM

    I really got into this Bob. It was very heartfelt.Great job! Keep it going :o)

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley Date: 1/4/2012 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Dan. Kind of you to say