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Ethel's Remedies

Her name was Ethel....(yes, like the gasoline)
She smelled of menthol...(much like Vick's Vaseline)
A long time neighbor, from down the lane
She was married twice...(or was it thrice?)...
A widowed lady, we knew her well

A bit disgruntled, and a bit dismantled
A bit unusual.....a bit disturbed
and most the time, seemed quite perturbed!!
And as a kid....of her, I feared!

So scared of her that when she came  .....Holy Moly, off I'd run!
And hide away..........'til she was gone!

She was a mix of ice.....a tad of nice....
But my mother trusted her sage advice
She had a cure for most everything....some seemed rather sensible
Some quite extreme!!!

The worst indeed..............(Please excuse my dilemma!)
She believed in the (OMG!!)   THE ENEMA!!
(Well....now you can see .....just why I hid!!)
And castor oil..............gahhhhhh.......how disgusting!!
Should only be used when parts are rusting!!!!!!

And an old rag wrapped and rubbed on your wart
Then into a hole.....dug out by the fort....
Yep!!  Now, why would a dishrag buried in the yard
Could have such power to rid.................................A WART??

Ridiculous notions....all of her potions......but...
Golly, Gee Whiz!    , I'll have to say...
That I've been wart free.........since buried rag days!!
Oh, Miss Ethel..............perhaps you were weird....
but you would fix a mother's fears...
Could you still fix-up all my own....
all of my fears....after all these years?
Just NO MORE ENEMAS!!! Please Miss Ethel..... 
                             Oh !! my dear !!
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Date: 9/29/2010 12:07:00 AM
Quite scary indeed- Congrats to you Carrie
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Date: 9/17/2010 8:05:00 AM
hahaha oh my goodness! the things we would do for warts-- I wonder where Miss Ethel is now? Super congrats on your first place win with this funny piece Carrie :)-- hugs, nikko :)
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Date: 9/17/2010 6:59:00 AM
Congratulations Carrie on your 1st Place win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "The Road to Well Ville" Love, Carol
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Date: 9/17/2010 5:42:00 AM
many Many Congratulations on your first place win. I could really picture your Miss Ethel.
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Date: 9/16/2010 10:54:00 PM
Big congratulations on your first win in Debbie's contest, " Road to Well-Ville. " I love the humor with which you describe this weird woman called, Miss Ethel, who was kind of gross, but she was able to fix your mother's fears...wishing she could fix yours, too. Enjoy your deserved victory and smile. Thanks for your kind comments. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Andrew.
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Date: 9/16/2010 8:08:00 PM
CArrie, was there really such a woman Very cute stuff. Congrats to you! Luv, Andrea
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Date: 9/16/2010 5:34:00 PM
Congratulations Carrie, on your #1 ethel cure. Smile. Agape, Moses
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Date: 9/16/2010 5:28:00 PM
Congrats Carrie on your first place win in Deb's contest.. a lovely entry.. enjoy your win tonight with luv..
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Date: 9/16/2010 3:21:00 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved first place win. I remember those remedies, but we survived. Love, Joyce
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Date: 9/16/2010 3:12:00 PM
Oh Carrie, this is hysterical...Deserving of the highest placement.. i remember the wart and buried rags tx..just to funny. BG
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Date: 9/16/2010 2:54:00 PM
Congratulations on taking first place in the contest, Carrie! Awesome. This was sooo funny. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 9/2/2010 5:46:00 PM
see talk about enema's and no one wants to comment LOL (so I did ya another comment!)
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Date: 8/27/2010 7:36:00 PM
funny...there use to be healers and you don't see that anymore. Now we have MD's who just make money.
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Date: 8/26/2010 10:25:00 AM
absolutely love it YET! I have a few things to say LOL (naaahhhh? YUP really LOL go figure!) 1) It was Vicks Vaporub...mighta been Vap o Rub...not sure 2) I'd list the form as Verse or Rhyme although I don't know which is the bigger category I hear & see lots of internal & external rhyme...I had so many warts I wish I new Ethel!!!! Light & Love (fav)(7)
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Date: 8/26/2010 4:12:00 AM
hehe, Carrie, could not help but chuckle while reading Ethel and her remedies.. I know a Ethel, but thank goodness its not the same person.. All the best for the contest ;)
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Date: 8/25/2010 7:02:00 PM
What a wonderful pen picture you have created, Carrie. Good luck in the contest
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Date: 8/25/2010 2:36:00 PM
What a character you created, Carrie! And her remedies...rubbing warts with dishrags and burying the rangs in a yard...Eeek! You gave us a great laugh, dear. Best wishes to you in the contest. Love, Carolyn
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