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A Happy Home

I've been musing lately about things that really make a home complete.
One thing for sure - a happy home is one with laughter and love replete!
'Twill be a place with affectionate parents who dearly love each other,
And blessed by a couple of kids - a little sister and her big brother!

A home ain't a home unless you have a faithful dog and inscrutable cat,
And a stoop on which to greet folks whereon lies a welcoming mat!
A grandfather clock to intone the inexorable march of time is needed,
And a fireplace with a cozy fire by which to reminisce unimpeded!

There'll be a library of classic tales with yellowed and dog-eared pages,
And a Bible that is read, having been handed down through the ages!
Displayed on the fireplace mantel will be pictures of folks from the past -
Folks from the family tree who set standards for honor unsurpassed!

There'll be a white picket fence and a trellis with climbing yellow roses,
And a huge front porch with a swing on which to enjoy pleasant dozes!
At the kitchen table, the family dines, discusses the day and grace is said.
Later the kids say nightly prayers before being tucked in their featherbed!

Marks to measure the kid's height mar the wall nigh the kitchen door.
Happy holidays and birthdays are celebrated that will add to family lore!
Though the dog and kids may create havoc as about the house they roam,
If I may quote Edgar Guest, "It takes a heap o' livin' to make a house a home!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Date: 1/17/2012 6:29:00 PM
Bob, you describe a happy home very well here with your words and rhyming. This might be used by ADT or Slomin's to advertise their home security systems.
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Date: 12/10/2011 12:05:00 PM
This is a beauty Bob and I love your last line ;) Wilma
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Date: 12/8/2011 8:53:00 AM
Oh for the simple things in life, so precious to us all, your poem enhances all, love this. harry
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Date: 12/8/2011 6:08:00 AM
Delightful; a Norman Rockwell painting in a poem.
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Date: 12/8/2011 6:01:00 AM
You just described our house except our daughter is three minutes older than her big brother. Nicely done Bob.
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Date: 12/7/2011 8:48:00 PM
So So beautiful I absolutely loved it...makes me fel so warm and happy inside you are just decribing an ideal life! I am sure it is experienced as well as written is is so filled with love! X Lizzie
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Date: 12/7/2011 8:32:00 PM
This is a perfect home, just wish every child could have the security and happiness you describe. Wonderful as usual Bob.
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