Peeking through the window she sees the young children

hurrying toward the schoolyard; pigtails chasing behind.

Faces bright, they take tomorrow and all its possibilities for granted.

She closes the curtains and inhales a sorrowful breath; she lost a friend today.

She remembers the laughter of a house filled with people.

A time when she was the focal point of her family’s soul;

when children were fixed on her sturdy knees,

happy to be wrapped up in mommy’s arms.

With knotted, aching fingers she holds a warn picture of her sisters, all gone.

A witness to each of their deaths she feels unsure whether she is happy to be the only one left.

She can look through old photos and count on one hand the people still alive;

dear memories of husband, parents, friends, and family.

She sits in her comfortable chair, knitting in hand.

No matter how much her fingers throb she will make blankets for gifts.

No matter how tired her worn body she will shop for the housebound,

attend meetings, volunteer, and care for those in need of her comfort.

Not one to worry about herself she will take what comes.

She hopes it will be quick but doesn’t dwell on the specifics.

Today she is feeling good; as good as 84 feels.

She puts down her knitted blanket to answer the telephone.

It is her daughter, her heart, calling to see how she is.

“I’m great!” she says, “I’m great!”



  1. June 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Amy, welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. Fasten your seatbelt, it is quite a ride. much love you and your mom. I wish you all the best. Beth from

    • lapetinaa said,

      June 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Beth. I still don’t know what I am doing. Maybe you can give me some tips. How do I get it out to a place where I can share with other people besides using facebook?

  2. Becky said,

    June 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Just beautiful Ames!

  3. Paula C. said,

    May 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful Amy. Brought tears to my eyes. Keep writing.

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