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In My Linen Closet

In my linen closet There are sheets that go way back. In going through them, I have made A quite imposing stack: The brown and orange flowered ones Of hippie-ish décor; My husband’s, used to cover His old mattress on the floor. Our first set as a couple, With bamboo boughs, colored peach And all the rest on shelves I need A ladder just to reach. My kids’ twin-sized cartoony ones Or those with baseball themes; The extra-long sheets for the dorm Which held some college dreams. It’s finally time to winnow down All those we haven’t used In many years and which to ditch I’ve up ‘til now refused. I’d heard the ASPCA Accepts old sheets and such So they will find another home – I will not miss them much. Yet still, I’m sad to see them go But I won’t be too vexed Because I’ll have to face the fact The towels will be next!

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Date: 2/10/2022 9:52:00 PM
Bought dorm sheets last fall. Never knew there was such a thing, tall students, longer beds of course. Maybe someday I will have a closet that looks like the magazine, House Beautiful. Tee hee. It was fun to relate to your funny poem. I enjoy what you write about.
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Date: 1/15/2022 11:07:00 PM
Pets will be excited to receive! "The brown and orange flowered ones Of hippie-ish décor;" - I have these too!
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Date: 1/15/2022 11:13:00 AM
And i thought I was a hoarder. If you get rid of that lot, Ilene, you’ll need to downsize your house. Why is it that we can find twenty year old linen but not a two week old sock. ;-) Terry
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Date: 1/14/2022 10:15:00 AM
My oldest towel is from the Hotel Post in Rüdesheim am Rhein, and in April, it reaches the retirment age of 65-years . . . .save your sheets for Antiques Roadshow . . . . .a Swedish girl I know takes her "love" sheets out for a sniff from time to time . . . . .
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Date: 1/13/2022 2:53:00 PM
Hello Ilbene, you seem to have a lot of memories in that linen closet. Hugs.
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Date: 1/13/2022 2:24:00 PM
Loved your poem, Ilene. Amazing what we find when we start going through drawers, right? I have drawers I'm afraid to look into. I'm sure the ASPCA will be most happy for the gift.
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Date: 1/13/2022 2:18:00 PM
Time travel through the linen closet! Enjoyed this fun and thoughtful piece. The way you closed it —just perfect!
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