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Not Just A House, But A Home

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Not Just A House, But A Home

It seems like only yesterday
My home was filled with activity,
Laughter, quarreling and lots of love.
Just as life should be.

I look around and see yesteryears
Of scuffed floors and marked up walls,
Telling a story of lives being lived.
My children's ebbs and flows of life-

Dirty faces, begging to be chased,
Sticky fingers, grass stained knees,
Floor picnics on rainy days,
Wiping tears and snotty noses,
Breaking up many small feuds,
And with my arms stretched out wide,
I'd show them how I love them more.

Dare I say, kids grow up way too fast.
Before you know it they've left the nest.
But inside their hearts where love should grow,
They will make not just a house, but a home.



For Leonora Galinta's contest, 'A Home'

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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 11:46:00 AM

    Ahhhhhhh....sweet..congratulations

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/29/2013 12:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Donna thank you for your congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:00:00 AM

    I knew this would be a winner--Kudos!!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/29/2013 12:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the congratulatory comment Craig. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:37:00 PM

    We feel so much the same! Congrad's on your win Light & Love

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/28/2013 7:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Debbie for the congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:33:00 PM

    Nicely penned poem, congrats on your win.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/28/2013 5:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:21:00 PM

    - Thanks for letting me visit your home - Congratulations on your win in the contest: "A Home" - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:06:00 PM

    My big hearty congratulations my dear friend ,Connie for your win and your very beautiful poem. I love it so much and I’ve extremely enjoyed. Thanks a lot for your full support! Love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 4:43:00 PM

    Connie, I think you set the bar on this one....simply lovely...

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/25/2013 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Judy thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by. It means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/25/2013 4:37:00 PM

    I especially love this--so many little, but not insignificant memories that actually, if you're anything like me, drive me a tad nuts when they happen (the stains etc) but draw a belated smile---Ah! A stage name for you, the "Gilded Contessa"

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/25/2013 6:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    'Gilded Contessa' ooh love this. Craig I know what you mean. I'd give anything for just a day to have my son 5 years old again. He's 44 and no grandchildren in sight. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. Much appreciated. Gilded Contessa, lol
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 5:20:00 PM

    Great work..Yes, the children take what they learn at home forward into their homes..Enjoyed reading your creative truth filled work..Thanks for the stop by my work..Sara

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/23/2013 2:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sara thank you for your lovely comment. It means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 10:12:00 AM

    - Connie, this is beautifully written. - Yes, time goes by too quickly .... Now it is the grandchildren playing and laughing in my home. - Good luck in the contest. - Have a nice day. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/22/2013 1:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Ann for your lovely comment. Much appreciate your visit. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 8:07:00 PM

    It happens in a heartbeat! I know of what you speak........and it's all those things that make a house a home! :)

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/22/2013 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Carrie for your lovely comment. Parents will always experience the empty nest syndrome, but the memories we hold dear to our hearts. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 8:06:00 PM

    very nice write Connie....you captured the essence of a home...best wishes

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 6:52:00 PM

    This is a perfect image of what a true Home is my friend! Full of life and activity, the youth of yesteryear all parading about the house, that is part of a lovely past! That is what makes it a home, just remember, this is still their Home, no matter where they go, this will always be their Home to remember! Whenever they come back to visit, this is their Home, where they still feel loved and full of warm memories! This is a wonderful poem Connie, and remember that its still Home! Great Work!!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 5/22/2013 1:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Russell thank you for your inspiring comment. What I meant in the last two lines is children given the love of home will grow, move out and start their own home and memories of their adult lives, like their parents have. Warm Smiles, Connie.
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 6:39:00 PM

    Connie, you poem is so true. The children grow up so fast yet the house holds signs of the past. Lovely write for the contest luv. Best wishes. Hugs and luv,Gail