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A Memory Out of the Ordinary

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A Memory Out of the Ordinary

How could anyone have known the significance of an aging old table with a warp
in the middle? A scarred weathered plank, with a sag she had tried to hide with 
a checkered cloth.  Those of us who sat, night after night
 connecting with eyes, with ears, with laughter and tears, 
..decades and years spent, over string beans, and mashed potatoes, 
bridging the gap of a mid-day mishap, or a chat after school, or a new family rule.
Resurrecting a family, at the end of the day, while chomping away on unidentifiable 
casseroles, that filled the belly, as well as the soul. Consuming tidbits of noodles, 
and wisdom and the comfort of being together. Who would have noticed, one shabby antique, that had witnessed crayon marks, had weathered spilled milk,
even 3 small holes from father repairing a picture frame,
when he accidently hammered nails all the way through and into its well worn top, 
and mother almost blew hers through the roof?
Who could know that a weathered old piece of grainy oak 
could be the glory...a story... of love?




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For the contest: "Ordinary"  sponsored by
Black Eyed Susan


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  1. Date: 12/4/2013 6:42:00 PM
    Congrad's Carrie, we love those dear old things! Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:28:00 PM
    One of my favorites so far.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/3/2013 6:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Congratulations Carrie.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:08:00 PM
    awesome, CARRIE. And big congrats.

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 3:50:00 PM
    At the top or near the top as is your usual Carrie (I'm SO jealous) I hope you still got that table! This reminds me of my grandma-in-law's(?) table ...We called her Granny Rat (It's a long story) She NEVER stopped cooking and when you came to visit she started loading you down with food on an old wobbly table with one of those cheap, plastic covers...Best smothered green beans EVER, and at Christmas? You can imagine...

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 12/3/2013 3:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    We called her Granny Rat because she called her grandchildren her "little rats" and she had a slew of them...When my wife was approaching marrying age, her advice for her honeymoon night was: 'Wash everything possible, then wash possible'....
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 2:32:00 PM
    ohhh, if this table could just talk...big congrats on your winning spot, carrie.. hugggs

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 2:30:00 PM
    Just wonderful, as usual. congrats. BG

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 2:28:00 PM
    very good Carrie congrats on win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 1:25:00 PM
    Lovely , well done Carrie xx

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 3:45:00 PM
    Excellent!! Exactly what I would consider to be the type of material this contest called for. I loved the many times spent around our table too, but it was formica and not a nice wooden one. a very small table for a big family!!

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 10:40:00 AM
    This is another excellent and outstanding write of yours my very dear friend Carrie. Ordinary things with sentimental values/ memories are turned to be extra-ordinary. Kudos to u on this stellar poem. TYSM for sharing your precious gem with me. TYSM as well for your very inspiring congratulatory comment on my poem diamante. My hearty congrats also on your recent wins. Sorry if I can't go & congratulate on ur winning piece by now 'cuz of time constraint. I'll be back ok. love lots & big hugs Leo

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 10:14:00 PM
    WOW,,, Carrie, some thought down on print... xox..PD

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 9:42:00 PM
    Nice memories of the ordinary old table with expressive words, Carrie

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 5:51:00 PM
    This is a perfect entry, you made the ordinary become extraordinary, super ordinary! I really enjoyed reading this illustrious write this evening my friend! What a fabulous poem, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 5:43:00 PM
    † This Beautiful Touching Painting, Is Why I Have Always Truly Loved Your Wonderful Poetry, Sweet Beautiful Carrie Richards ˜ Since We First Laid Eyes Upon Your Splendours, We Knew That Your Poetic Gift As Heart, Was Quite Uniquely Special! ˜ I Find An Old Country Road Her Withered, Run Down Tattered House; Filled With This Warmth, Of Love ˜ Greater Than Any Mansion Littered By Emptiness ? I Am Going To Favour Your Beautiful Painting ˜ Love Always, John

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 4:57:00 PM
    Wonderful words created from an old table. I enjoyed this one Carrie....peter