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A Glimpse Back
by Felix LeRoy Perry

Friday, July 13, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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I look around today in this high tech world and then look back to where I came from. This poem is meant to give just a quick glimpse into my childhood growing up in a huge family. I left out a lot such as,neighbours and friends who would visit, sibling scraps, snow forts, ballgames in a vacant lot and a hundred other things that I could never cram into one poem but...writing this made me all to thankful for the family I grew up in...

Nine kids and two adults round the kitchen table

Church benches for us kids and Mom and Dad on chairs

Mom’s macaroni mixed with hot dogs and canned tomato soup

God bless Mr. Campbell as we bow our head for prayers


Saturdays at the Perry house, we all would have to earn our keep

Us boys, along with our father, prepared the supply of winter wood

The girls scrubbed, washed and polished, and then found time to bake

Then they’d get the parlor for Frank’s Bandstand that was understood


The smell of yeast working Dad’s home brew behind the woodstove

The smell of his wine scented pipe tobacco on the evening air

Don Messer on the black and white TV, Mom knitting beneath a lamp

Ah life was good and simple back then, we had so much to share


Bedtime call at nine o’clock, we’d line up for the bathroom sink

Then peanut butter sandwiches for our snack and a cup of tea for Dad

Now each and all down on our knees to say our bedtime prayers

Smiling, I look back now, I guess things weren’t really all that bad.








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Reviewed by Joanna Leone 2/25/2009
I love this story! I must admitt, that a typical day in this house is very different than my Italian American house, but loved being in your den today. Although we are all from different backgrounds, the similarity is the togetherness and prayers. This is a heart warming tribute to families!

Love it!
Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/25/2007
Very different from today, isn't it?
People are more isolated today, even in families, even children!
Lovely tribute and thought-provoking piece.

Reviewed by Barbara Mercer 7/15/2007
Lovely, tender, beautiful. Thought of a book? Script for a film? Rich material here Felix. Waves of love }}}}}}} Barbara
Reviewed by Selena Dobbin-Gillis 7/15/2007
Darlin cuz this is so sweet...and as Tinka says thankyou for sharing.
I only wish that we as children and cousins could have gotten to know each other more, but now we can make up for lost time dear cuz. I believe we already have a handle on that. lol

Love & hugs
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/15/2007
Felix this was awesome..thank you for sharing!!

Those were the days!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 7/15/2007
AWW Sweetpea! Angels beget Angels and your Angel Parents graced the earth with you! I LOVED THIS WRITE! HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 7/15/2007
NOWAY! I found peace in every line YOU shared SWEET FEE!
NOw, I know where your gently loving heart came from!
A gem I will savor!
What a meaningful and memorable treasure!
Mac. and hotdogs, we still enjoy! Mmmm...
WArm Hugs and Warm Love, Warrior Purple Sheeeoox
YOU and YOurs,
STay Positive!
Love this Sweet poem Fee! Love it!
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/14/2007
family, shelter, and food...seems like a rich life
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 7/14/2007
Funny thing about that Macaroni and Hot Dogs..Always a good stand in, when it's a day before pay day LOL.
Nice reflection of a time when life was so much simpler, and more appealing in many ways.
Grace and peace to you
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/14/2007
I loved this memoir, it speaks so eloquently of your wonderful life as a child. So nice to be able to look back and have a feeling of security and fondness.
The only goodness in my childhood, was my Nana, my Italian grandmother. She was the light at the end of the tunnel..But you know, I survived and I pray that I did a good job with my children, so they look back as fondly as you have here.....

Peace, Love, and Light to you and yours,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 7/14/2007
You are so lucky to have good memories of those years. I come from a family of eleven children. L shaped bench bolted to the wall and a picnic style bench on the third side. High chair got the only spot left. Dad had his side Mom had hers. Table built to match. Nice write and I'm glad you have those memories. Lady J
Reviewed by George Thompson 7/14/2007
I sometimes miss the "older" days when things seemed so simple and life was easy not difficult. Many things have changed and many still remain the same. Thanks for this great reminder, Felix.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/14/2007
Indeed not, Felix... A home where love, security and self-worth and respect is earned and learned. These boundaries are worth more to the child than many of our lavishly bought "freedoms" and lacks of constraint. Many an indulged child would be envious of the skill and teamwork enjoyed by your large brood. My hat's off to your parents... They did a MIGHTY fine job... and you're a credit to them, too. Bless you and thank you for this warming portrayal. Kate xx
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/14/2007
It sounds like things were beautiful and dreamy~
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/14/2007
Extremely well penned, Fee; impeccable write and imagery!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/14/2007
We think we had it bad, (((Fee))), and when we look at today's world and its apathetic society, we were indeed blessed to have lived in a time when people gave a damn. Sad, yet beautiful lines: you evoke many memories, and wish we could return to those long ago times. Well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by John Perry (Reader) 7/14/2007
Thanks Bro!

We have many memories and lots of things to be thankful for. Times were different when we were kids. I'm glad we were together for those years. Mom and Dad never let the hard times change our way of life. Even though Dad seemed to be out of work each winter,there was always something too eat, if they couldn't afford to buy us new clothes, Mom would make us clothes, at Christmas we always had at least one toy under the tree (some of which I still have). They made sure that we went to church, said our evening prayers and had our weekly bath. The Sunday drives for pop or ice cream, or the picnics on the beach and clam bakes, Mom's potato salad (God I hate onions)and the yearly trip to P.E.I. I wish everyone had the experience of growing up in a big family in simpler times.

So many memories Bro,

Love ya,

Reviewed by Morning Star 7/14/2007
Fee....this is a very beautiful tribute to your family
Macaroni it's still my favor meal
I read between the lines a lot of love in this family
And your childhood sounded great
And you have beautiful memories!
Excellent glimpse!
Love Peace and Joy Hugss to you always...Yolie
Reviewed by Linda Hill 7/14/2007
This brought me back in time, my friend. There was eight kids in my family, me being the oldest I had to grow up fast! Mama had to go to work and me and my sister Frances had to share in the cooking and cleaning. When other children were out playing Frances and I were mopping floors! I'm not complaining, it taught us responsiblity. My sister Frances is now living in Honduras in charge of a large company, I worked as a CNA for many years, my brothers and sisters all have good jobs. We all turned out well. Thanks for taking me back in time, Fee. These are memories that live within our hearts that no one can take away. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your childhood.

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/14/2007
Well Felix it didn't matter what the meals consist of there was always plenty of it to go around and the love that was given filled your heart. Absolutely beautiful. I can almost picture your face as you go back into time. Loved it and thanks for sharing with us.
Love ya face Cuz XOXO Rose
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/14/2007
I do love this look into your family-family life whatever it may look like creates so much of who we become
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 7/13/2007
Those were the days. Today they are inventing robots to do your work. Great one Fee. Down memory lane. Victor
Reviewed by Tiana Jett (Reader) 7/13/2007
A beautiful tribute to your family, Fee ... Your childhood sounded wonderful with beautiful memories ... I come from a lg family too and get togethers are so much fun to have and reminisce ... hugs
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 7/13/2007
What a wonderful way you have expressed your growing up.
All around the table... sibling spats aside , this is love my friend. and Yes God bless chef Boy Ar DE too.
I suppose you were the "John Boy" of the bunch.
Warmest regards for this,

Reviewed by H Cruz 7/13/2007
Nine! holy cow, I would have starved to death on those rations. lol
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 7/13/2007
A great tribute to your family life Fee. As an only child I somewhat envy you. Raised mostly on a horse ranch I had some of the same experiences but an only child is most of the time a lonely child.
Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels 7/13/2007
Nice work! This will most definitly keep poetry breathing and alive!!!
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 7/13/2007
Goodness gracious but this is so well done that your nostalgia matched my own fakity and kitchen tables. Add a few extra bodies, there were eight of us and, somewhere in time, our families celebrated their own heritage in the same way.

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