Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

On the Good Ship Lollipop -

My mother and Shirley Temple were the same age.  My mother had a Shirley Temple doll, and clothes, and probably curls.  We watched Shirley Temple movies together and I've drunk many a Shirley Temple in my time.

I remember when we went to my grandmother's home to pull my mother's Shirley Temple doll down from the top of a closet.  She had not weathered well, did not appeal to me.  I had my Betsy Wetsy doll who I loved.

Those were the days of "doll hospitals".  I remember going to one with my mother.  You would leave your doll there, and come back with her repaired.  I was gentle with my dolls, so think it must have been one of my mother's childhood dolls we were there to repair.

There is an ice storm in Atlanta.  I was in Atlanta one February for my uncle's funeral, and there was an ice storm.  It was beautiful, exquisitely beautiful, but treacherous driving.  I remember how the cars on both sides of the freeway stopped for the funeral procession.  I was touched.

That brings me to my cousin's death in Australia.  He was very young.  My mother died February 18, 2005.  I seem caught in memory today.

Jane and I are writing a poem for a postcard each day and sending it to the other.

Today I write:



Every day an anniversary

shadows

open

the fruit

the heart

of memory

and experience




what hovers

and surrounds

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