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  Smiling at a Napkin Ring {or, Real Mothers, Please Sit}
by Phyllis Jean Green
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Think we all know a person can be a mother -- by which I mean a good one -- though she has no children of her own. Men can be good mothers! We are also aware (too aware) that there are mothers who are unable or unwilling to be good mothers. But most try. And whether we had the kind of mother portrayed in this poem or not, we try to remember the good things our mothers did, and forgive the bad. Hope you have a good Mother's Day. Blessings always, Phyllis

              Smiling at a Napkin Ring
         {or, Real Mothers, Please Sit}
. . .things you didn’t notice that you  notice,
looking back.  Things so small,  you'd think
they wouldn’t matter.   The time she took
to adjust the light to make home, well,
home.  Not too bright, not too dim.  Not
anything like the green florescents that pinned
you to a desk and forced you to compose.  Not
like the “home”  you and your friend groped
through.   One of you flicked the switch,
every chair, every table, every speck of floor
was littered.  Dirt gummed.  Sure explained
dark. Going back to light,  remember her eyes
watching a silly glass bird you gave her shatter.
Tears flowed because she “shouldn’t have squeezed
so tight.”  Breeze could have broken the silly thing.
Not important, but so, she picked you up
the day of a test she knew had been bugging.
Boss lit into her, you found out by accident.
Part-time gig not the one she needed to take.
She was relieved, she pretended. “Resume
doesn’t need plumping.”  Far less important
things sailed by.  Remember that “had-to-have”
outfit you needed sooooo bad?   “Great sale!”
she crowed.  “Looks like the tag disappeared.”
She had on jeans she had worn since the wheel
was invented.  She saw that at least one flower graced
the kitchen table.  More than once “forgot” to steam
broccoli.  Napkin at each place in a ring she said
looked “like a lump of you-know-what.”   Looked in
at night, knowing you couldn’t really sleep without
her kiss and hug.   She dusted around “valuable” junk.  
She scrubbed her nails brittle; she laughed at jokes
so old they creaked.   Yes, and forgot and called you
by the dog’s name,  dog by yours.  How the two of you
roared.  Yes, and cried.  “Almost died” still rings.
Remind you to tell how napkins poke from rings
on your dining table.  Flower in the middle, flower
at a place for her.   Oh, to hear her carry on.

(c)  Phyllis Jean Green,  May, 2005

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Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
Simply beautiful Phyllis!

God bless,

Reviewed by Sandie Angel
Hi Phyllis:

A wonderful write of revealation. There are some resentments in this write that can make you very unhappy in your life even upto now and more, and I can say that I'm familiar with these feelings of resentments.

I understand these feelings of between being "loved" and "unloved" by your mother, for I have these mixed feelings as well while I was growing up. However, these past years my mom and I had gotten really close together, and I found out a lot of good things about her that I hadn't noticed before when I was a kid.

I think if we look past our mom's weaknesses and acknowledge their strength, and realizing that they aren't supposed to be the perfect mom that everyone has stereotyped women to be, the relationship would grow stronger with each passing day; and yes, "love" for one another does grow under such circumstance.

People always stereotype what a mothers should be, without realizing that mothers are just human beings like you and me, and yes we do have our own individual personalities. Some qualities are very unique and no one has the same mother as another. If we learn to love our mothers' unique quality, then I think we all can come to accepting life in a more positive manner. Afterall, we, ourselves, aren't perfect daughters either, but are being loved by them unconditionally. Why then should we demand so much of our parents?

Above is just my 2 cents worth of opinion.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)

Reviewed by Cynth'ya
Hey PJ, don't you know we mother's can't be wined and dined without someone forgetting to clear off the table, bag up the scraps, take out the garbage, etc. etc. We Mothers just get tired of having someone else take their time to do it whether it's our day or not :-)

Smile on, Dear Mothers Everywhere!
Reviewed by jude forese
a wonderful tribute, Phyllis ...

Reviewed by Handsum Hart
many types of people are moms

a lovely write

Reviewed by Mr. Ed
A marvelous Mother's Day tribute, Phyllis.
Reviewed by Henry Stevens
Super Mother's Day poem. Excellent use of detail to express emotion. Henry
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well done
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
This is very well done Phyllis and yes I know the type.
Reviewed by Marcia Duning (Reader)
Well done, Pod.

Happy Mother's Day
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Wel penned Phyllis!!

Happy Mom's Day!!

love Tinka

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
No matter how we felt about our mothers, when they are no longer with us, it is a very sad time in our lives. Fortunately, my mother who will be 80 this year, is still doing well. I hope she handed down those longevity genes to me. This is a beautiful tribute, Pea. Nice to read one from you again.
Take care,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
good one! :)
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