Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mag 121,6/10/12 One Afternoon

                                                 Still Life, 1670, detail by Jean François de Le Motte

                                                 As they  insulated the attic and  put up fresh boards
                                         on the walls, the family found all kinds of old papers pasted
                                         up from when the farm was young. Newspaper
                                         advertisements, pages from account books, receipts
                                          and IOU's.
                                                 " Mom come check this out!" Lisa and Tim shouted
                                          in unison.Wiping away dust and cobwebs,
                                         "I think it is a love song!"
                                                 Their Mother came and leaned over to see " Now why
                                         do you suppose this is here ?" they carefully took it down.
                                          There was no date on it, but the papers were all from
                                           around 1915.
                                                 " Maybe it is to a lost love-" Lisa piped.
                                                  "Maybe he never succeeded-" Tim elbowed his sister.
                                               Their Mother started to hum- she put her finger out
                                           and followed the simple tune all the way through.
                                          " Here we are-" she began to sing, and gestured
                                          to her daughter- " By the river,-"
                                          and on they went Tim even joined in toward
                                          the half way point. By the time they were finished
                                          all were smiling and happy.



Anonymous said...

an old forgotten love letter is nice, but who knows what pain went with it

painting details

Brian Miller said...

How cool would that be to find…so many memories and history that perhaps you never really knew…very cool…

Steve E said...

Music reaps "happy" also...along with "sad". They DO go together sometimes.

I wonder, reading some blogs over several years, what emotions they will produce someday, as descendents find and read. Will they be inspired to goodness, greatness, sadness, even hatred? Maybe ALL the above!

Good work on the Magpie whirl.

Kathe W. said...

nice sweet snippet of time-extraordinary hidden treasure

Old Ollie said...

you really create the perfect tone in this one - that last line...

Little Nell said...

A treasure found indeed.

Helen said...

.. and that's what it's all about, isn't it? Capturing memories, turning them into happy times.

SueAnn Lommler said...

What a beautiful journey you have taken me on.

Tess Kincaid said...

This made me smile...

Kat Mortensen said...

A charming little slice-of-life piece.

Tumblewords: said...

Surely a treasure for the finders!

Anonymous said...

Sweet love works magic. Thumbs up!

Sreeja said...

Cool and different.