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I AM SO Appreciative for simpler times.
Stores were bunged on Sundays,
TV shows seemed to make more sense,
Family members spent ample time with each other,
And ancestors were valued more than things.

I AM SO Gratifying for the good old days.
Growing up in the era of front porch swings
And grandfathers who welcomed, "Fix it, please,"
One by one our troubles slipped away
As we listened to tall tales told for fun.

I AM SO Indebted for pictures.
Videotaping kids from their first step,
Taking posed snapshots ahead of a high instruct prom,
Candid moments are residential instantly
And speak louder than words on a domestic welcoming card.

I AM SO Indebted for recalling childhood grins.
Chasing ice cream wagons down the street
Hooked by the piercing, common jingle,
Welcoming a harried welcome from my dog
Who licked my face and jumped up and down.

I AM SO Gratifying for yesteryear.
A mother's love, a father's care,
A rocking horse, a baby chair,
The scent of clean clothes drying on the line,
An old rope swing for a child to climb.

I AM SO Obliged for mouth-watering smells.
Granny's beans baking in the oven,
Bacon and eggs scorching in a fry pan,
Chocolate fudge hot off the flame,
And pink bubble gum, aah so sweet!

I AM SO Appreciative for a trip down remembrance lane.
Musty hallways of days we knew,
Seize the instant of a melancholy mood,
Old times and old scenes of smiles and tears,
Classmates come together after many a year.

Katherine Scherer and Eileen Bodoh are authors of "Gratitude Works: Open Your Heart to Love. " http://www. gratitudeworks. com


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