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by Rhonda S Galizia
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Tomorrow is Mama's 77th Birthday...



Inside my Book of Memories,
From nearly 50 years ago...
An image of Mama's old Singer,
As she sat sewing our clothes.


The treddle would clank, the bobbin would whirr
The needle tapped-out its own rapid song:
One thing was certain - tablecloth or curtain -
Something stout, came about, before long!

Such a Mystery! that old black Singer
To one, quite as curious as I:
The 'look, but don't touch', seemed often too much
For this little 6-year-old's mind!

Mama sat there for hours
Bent over her "haute couture";
Her hands fed the cloth into its fate,
While her foot played the drums, on the floor!

Of all the grand magnificence, a la fabrique!
Mama had composed on that Ancient Machine,
Was there never-so-clever, or sweet, an endeavor,

As three green aprons - with pink apron strings!

No garments so priceless, had ever resulted
From the impeccable cunning of my mother...
Until this "one-for-all" - one for mother, daughter, doll -
And nothing...for my brothers!

Nosirreebub!  That day was just for me - 
A day I'll never forget...
Though I truthfully cannot remember,
If I laughed out loud ... or wept.

For years, I held onto my doll and those two aprons
Until...I suppose I simply passed them on...
Now, I just whisper a prayer,
                         thankful both these are still there
The precious Memory...and The precious Mom!


==========HAPPY 77TH BIRTHDAY, MAMA==========


Your Loving Daughter ~ Rhonda


C.2006 Rhonda S. Galizia 
International Copyright   All Rights Reserved By Law.

*In March of 2006 I learned I was a Contest Winner and "Pink Apron Strings" was published in Xulon Press' anthology "Memories of Mother", which was realeased to 25.000 stores in May of 2007, just in time for Mother's Day, so I gave Mama a copy and she was delighted,to say the least - for now, she feels immortalized for the generations to come!


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Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 11/1/2006
How beautiful and heartfelt is your led me back down the path of memories that I keep safely tucked away in my memory and heart of my Mamaw's sewing machine that now stands proudly in my dining room. Many quilts, purses, dresses, and patches did she sew...I too as you sat with wide eyes of curiosity, and amazement as she peddled the big treddle on the floor, and the big wheel would spin around. In the summer she would pull it out on the porch and sew in the warm sunshine, these are such wonderful memories and your poem is yet another reminder of what a wonderful simple time we were raised in and the love that surrounded us can be felt in the lines of your poetry. This was great, nice to have things in common with friends isn't it. Loved it....
Blessings from a friend,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 6/14/2006
I hope your mom's birthday is full of dear friends
and memories to treasure. She's already blessed with
a wonderful gift: YOU!
Beautiful and loving piece.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/14/2006
This was a beautiful poem to read, while your wonderful tribute honored your mother, it took us back to our childhood and the warm, cozy little things, gone so long. Excellent work, Rhonda! We hope you and your Mom will enjoy her birthday to the fullest,
Reviewed by ROCK-Salt! Proctor 6/14/2006
It's really wonderful, that you can immortalize your mom, for her birthday. Beautiful, feeling, write. I'm so happy that you still have her with you. May she have many more birthdays, and be blessed continually, by His and your, love.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/14/2006
Congratulations to your Mum on her 77 th birthday, and that is a wonderful Singer sewing machine...
Like I've always said all the best things come from Scotland !
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/14/2006
My Mum used to have one of those singers, collectors items now apparently...sorry, I digress, this is a wonderful birthday tribute Rhonda. Your Mom will be proud.

Reviewed by A PAX 6/14/2006
This is wonderful
happy birthday to your mom from me too~~~
my mom had an old machine herself, but probably not as old as the one u talk about here, she can still use it, but only takes it out for repairs, sewed us lots of groovy outfits on it........its the only machine I know how to use! lol

great melodies and memories here Rhonda
pax A

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