Sunday, November 15, 2015

1972



1972

Sunday gravy
Bubbling
On the basement stove

Family gathers
Below
Clusters of cousins

Dining room for
Events
Not for family

Plastic folding
Tables           
Topped with market plates

No fine china
Set here
Who’s there to impress?

Aunts and uncles
Laughing
While Grandma serves us 

Spaghetti’s perfect
With peas
I’m on Grandpa’s knee




139 comments:

  1. And Kitty? Where's she? :)
    Charming slice-of-life, Theresa!

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    1. The cat showed up to find the scraps when we were done, I'm sure.

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  2. I especially like the line about not setting out fine china; it makes the family dinner more comfortable, rather than people feeling like they have to "follow rules" in order to have a "proper" meal.

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    1. Weird Workaholic, it definitely was more comfortable. We wouldn't have been able to squeeze around the dining room table! Sadly, when my grandpa died, so did the tradition.

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    1. Berowne, definitely nostalgic for something I barely remember.

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  4. So difficult to carry on traditions our loved ones launched ... but we should try. Lovely poem, Theresa.

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    1. Helen, I do have to say that I prefer to not be in the basement, but I do like family getting together like that

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  5. I loved your warm poem. It's as warm as the bubbling gravy.

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  6. Hi Theresa .. brilliant and I love the photo - it does take me back - though our kitchen never looked like that ... others definitely did ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, as soon as I saw the photo, it brought me back. But I don't think the kitchen looked exactly like this either.

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  7. Such a lovely take... a montage of sweet memories.

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  8. This takes me right back to my childhood. Wonderful details. I'm fascinated that you didn't mention the cat in your poem.

    And I'm glad I don't have a basement kitchen!

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    1. Joanne, I'm glad I don't have a basement kitchen too.

      Funny that the cat wasn't what drew me in. It was the pots.

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  9. "No fine china here"

    Perhaps to prevent the cat's step?

    This tickled me.

    Nice one.

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  10. Sounds like a grandly relaxing day ..

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  11. Love the stroll down memory lane. :)
    ~Jess

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  12. And this brought tears to my eyes! How every family meal should be. I love intergenerational dinners, and I'm someone who BANS the children's table. Kids should be heard -- and seen!

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    1. Kathleen, thank you very much. Meals with kids can be zany but fun.

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  13. I like clusters of cousins. Nice poem. Like the photo, too. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Theresa.

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    1. Glad you liked the alliteration, Victoria. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and have a nice holiday coming up.

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  14. I totally LOVED it! You write the most amazing poetry.

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  15. Hi Theresa, Merry Christmas. You've been blitzed!
    Sylvie Grayson

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  16. Third time to try and leave a comment - probably all come through together - feel free to delete 2 of them - or all 3 if you want LOL!
    Anyhow, again, thanks for bringing back some lovely memories :)
    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Suzanne, I'm sorry you had trouble. This is the only comment form you I see. Thanks for visiting!

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  17. Spaghetti with Peas!?!?!? Looks like someone has been away from their blog for a while. Maybe a good old-fashion BLITZ will draw you back. :) Enjoy!

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    1. DL, I have been away too long. I haven't been inspired by the recent Magpie photos, and I am way overdue for a cover reveal, which has now become a book debut. I'll post something new this week. Thanks for blitzing me. :)

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  18. Sounded like a wonderful memory from days gone by of family get togethers! Happy Blitz Day!

    betty

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  19. Makes me miss my grandparents. Hope all is well with you, and happy holidays. Happy Blitz Day too!

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    1. Miranda, it made me miss my grandparents too. I hope all is well with you and I wish you wonderful holiday too!

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  20. Gravy not sauce.
    They say that's how you can tell where someone's family immigrated from. :)
    Great job.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    BAZINGA!

    Happy Blitz Day!
    I hope you enjoy it.

    Heather

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    1. Heather, the gravy/sauce thing is so true. Thank you!

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  21. What a lovely memory. Happy Blitz Day! And have a very merry Christmas. :)

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I hope you enjoy all your end-of-year festivities.

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  22. Your poem covers a memory that can resonate with most of us. Nice job.

    Talking about job, do you think you should sit down and rest a minute? Mustn't overdo. Feeling a little woozy, maybe? Well, ya should, because you, my dear, are getting totally BLITZED today! Enjoy. :)

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    1. I'm glad you made a connection, Susan.
      The blitz is a nice surprise. Thank you!

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  23. I totally agree with Susan that this poem resonates. Such a warm holiday feel!

    Happy Blitz Day. ;)

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  24. That sounds like our family gatherings.
    Happy Blitz day!

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  25. Happy Blitz Day, buddy! WOOOOO. I KNEW this would give you a shot of the love. :-) That poem is fabulous. You know how much I love your writing and how much I love you. :-)

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    1. Robyn, were you the culprit or was this random? :) Thanks. You're such great support.

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  26. I loved your poem! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  27. Wow, that sounds exactly like Sunday dinner at my grandparents' house in 1972.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  28. Great piece. Makes one remember. Happy Blitz Day!!

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  29. Thanks for sharing! Happy blitz day. :)

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  30. Hope all is well with you.

    Happy Blitz Day and all sorts of other timely well wishes for the season.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks, Arlee. I hope all is well with you too.

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  31. Aw, this reminds me of our big Italian family dinners at my grandmother's house every Sunday. She passed away in July, and Sundays will never be the same. Such wonderful memories.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Gina. I'm sorry about your grandmother.

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  32. A lovely, nostalgic feel to your poem. Happy Blitz Day!

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  33. You know, Southern family feasts are much like this!
    Happy Blitz Day!!!!

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  34. I love the poem. Nice that your family didn't have to feel the need to impress each other. Ours did. Maybe that's why my mom was never that keen to have family over. (Sharing Blitz happiness)

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    1. Rhonda, I think the happiest times are when we don't fuss much. :)

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  35. Really Nice! I kind of remember 1972.

    Happy Blitz Day!!

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    1. Timothy, I was really little when this happened. I have one flash of memory and I've heard stories from others. Sadly, my grandfather died shortly after my memory and those dinners stopped.

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  36. The poem is great. The family don't need to be impressed. They're all happy! You have been BLITZED! Carolyn @ Pastimes-Passions-Paraphernalia.org

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  37. Happy Blitz! Theresa, Live long and Prosper.

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  38. Hey Theresa, you've just been Blitzed! And Happy Holidays!

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  39. Peas with spaghetti? Fascinating.
    Happy Blitz Day!

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  40. Sounds like a great family gathering! Happy Blitz Day!

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  41. Sounds exactly like our house. More laughter and love than fine china present. Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Susan, glad you have a house like that. Thanks!

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  42. I love this! It takes me back to growing up in a huge family where what was in the pot was more important than whether the plates matched. So glad I came for the blitz.

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  43. I love this piece. I love when I gather with family I don't have to impress. Those relaxed meals on paper plates... those are the best.

    Enjoy your Blitz Day!

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  44. A great throwback to Sundays with family.

    Happy Blitz Day!!

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  45. Thanks for the lovely poem about family. Just the right way to end my day. Happy Blitz Day!

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  46. Love the authentic family portrait... really nostalgic.
    Happy Blog Blitz Day!
    Hope you have fun!

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  47. Love dropping by and seeing new poems from you! Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  48. Happy Blitz Day. I love the feel of this poem.

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  49. I really enjoyed that poem - thanks for sharing!

    happy Blitz day!

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  50. What a sweet memory.

    Happy Blitz day just a bit late.

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  51. Lovely picture of family and love and good times.

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  52. 1972, the last year I could sit on Grandpa's knee. Now I'm grandpa and have three on my knee.

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  53. This is beautiful! Love it!

    Happy Blitz Day

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  54. Hope you had a wonderful Blitz day! I'm a bit late to the party. This is a great post.

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    1. Thanks for coming to the party, J Lenni Dorner.

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  55. You caught my attention with "1972". I got a fixation about this year. You painted a beautiful word picture with your poetry.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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