gentle breeze stirs the garden
hot in sun
cool in house
on the south side
two huge sweet maples
inhale sunlight and
shade this home
memories of other july fourths
wander my head
especially of the one six years ago
of the day when mom
sisters dolores and deb
and i were at the long pine reservoir
deb had her sail boat and kayak
i had my kayak
a rare event for all of us to be together
"doing the same thing"
dolores was, well, dolores, funny,
outrageous, especially when compared to her older and younger sisters
images, vignettes of the day
mom in deb's kayak
at 80, her zsa zsa hairdo had every hair in place.
me in mine
deb and dolores working to get the 14' sailboat
off the trailer and into the water
dolores trying to understand deb's barked orders
of do this, do that....
we all laughed that day.
together spent time
shared moments, minutes and hours.
mom's been gone about 15 months now
well she left this world four years ago,
two days after her 56th birthday on july 12th
a shock, a suprise
she had worn her heart out.
shadows of the past