Blessed

As it has been what seems like forever and a day since I last blogged, I thought I’d post something here while I have a bit of internet and a chance to think. College most certainly doesn’t provide a lot of time for extra-curricular stuff, and usually when I have the time I don’t have the internet to blog.

Now for the interesting stuff. Last month was my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and I was asked to write a poem that would be read at the party. I spent weeks mulling over ideas, trying to come up with the perfect poem for my grandparents. My grandfather is a farmer; my grandmother was born and raised a country girl. My grandmother had practically raised me when I was little since she stayed at home and my parents worked. And of course, I had been my grandfather’s little shadow growing up. Surely I could come up with something.

It wasn’t until one day when I was hanging out with a friend that the idea hit me. I don’t remember the exact situation, but I do remember that we were talking about memories we had from when we were kids. Then I had made the comment, “When did we get older?”

I had to laugh when I thought about the comment. I thought about my grandparents and about how they acted just like kids even now. I could imagine that they were saying just about the same thing. And so I set to work writing this poem.

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Blessed

Picture frames like mirrors,
Reflections of the past,
That seem like only yesterday,
But time moves on so fast.

The babies in the cradle
Now have children of their own;
Each rosy cheek and playful grin
Reflect the seeds we’ve sown.

When did we grow older?
I don’t recall that time went by;
Here today and gone tomorrow
Like the clouds up in the sky.
But though I can’t recall each moment,
This I know is true:
I have cherished every second
I’ve been blessed to spend with you.

There’s one thing that I’m sure of:
It’s that the mirror must play tricks.
For I don’t remember hairs of grey
And brown now intermixed.

The corn rows do seem longer now.
I don’t travel them as fast.
And the floor now seems much further down
Than it was when I checked last.

When did we grow older?
I don’t recall that time went by;
Here today and gone tomorrow
Like the clouds up in the sky.
But though I can’t recall each moment,
This I know is true:
I have cherished every second
I’ve been blessed to spend with you.

Yesterday when we were young,
Do you remember how we played?
We were best friends then and ever,
And I’m so happy that we stayed.

It’s been 50 years and counting,
An adventure I won’t forget.
And just in case you’re wond’ring,
It’s one I won’t regret.

When did we grow older?
I don’t recall that time went by;
Here today and gone tomorrow
Like the clouds up in the sky.
But though I can’t recall each moment,
This I know is true:
I have treasured every second
I’ve been blessed to be with you.