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Mennonite Kids
by Dayvid Graybill

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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I don't normally dwell on the past, but my past was really good.

Mennonite Kids


Little Mennonite kids

Growing up in the country

Watching TV at the neighbors

Trapping muskrats in the creek.


Hide and seek with the Lutheran girls

They wanted more than we knew

Wagon of hay spilled on the road

In the middle of a hot summer day.


Being different was not so bad

Except when we went to school

Kids can be so cruel sometimes

And the teachers too.


Life was happy as a Mennonite kid.

Who knew things would change

Gone are the days of making hay

And the simple life is past.


© 2005 Dayvid Graybill

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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 12/27/2010
Love to visit the Mennonite country in Lancaster pa and see the kids playing outside in the school yard, All look so happy and free.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/12/2010
Muskrat love, that's what all the Lutheran girls really wanted. Hayrides were the best. Patrick
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 11/5/2010
you take me there Dayvid...
our beautiful memories growing
and I must say making hay is a prosperous bounty
in the clover field or on the canvas of lovers
which I am sure you still make hay :)

Corn Crib Secrets
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/5/2010
i love this! What a lovely rememberence of your childhood
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/4/2010
I know those Mennonite Kids must have some beautiful memories of the security and warmth of home as well as the hurtful ones of the cruelty of the outside world.
Reviewed by D Johnson 11/4/2010
For just a moment we all became Mennonite Kids...

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/4/2010
This gives such warm feeling, Dayvid.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/3/2010
Excellent, Dayvid.
Reviewed by Richard King 11/3/2010
Oooooh , I think theres more to this story... Probably much the same as with most of our childhoods. Interesting write Dayvid. Dwell on! Thanks Dick
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 11/3/2010
Well crafted reflection of the years gone by.

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 11/3/2010
Yes, times have definitely changed. The simple life is gone. I was just thinking about this the other day. I'm a bit younger; but I was basically a young kid in the 70s. We used to just disappear into the day on our bikes, ride off into the woods, jump off bridges into rivers, etc. No cell phones, no video games, no Internet, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, texting, etc. Lit off firecrackers and shot BB guns with no SWAT teams or DHS pitching up to arrest us. I can't imagine letting my kids out like that these days. Somehow, we came out of it all okay. Enjoyed this piece immensely. Take care.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 11/3/2010
I wasn't raised a mennonite kid. My parents took me to a Church of God. Not much different really. I'm like you. My childhood was nothing to gripe about even if I may have thought so once in a while.
This poem gets an A+
God bless,
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 11/3/2010
Warm and tender poem, and I can just see you all half pint and so cute Dayvid!

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