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“Between the dark and the day light, when the night is beginning to lower comes a pause in the day’s occupations, that is known as the Children’s Hour…..”
These words from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
are familiar to those who spent time with my mom in the last years of her life. We could be talking about a fond remembrance . . . or nothing at all when the air lit up with mom reciting those words in a soft, caring voice.
She shared it so often that I thought it must be something that has to be shared in her life story. I looked it up and read it looking for the magical words of wisdom. Nope. Nothing particularly monumental there. I discussed it with my siblings. NOPE. Nothing meaningful for them. So I let it go as likely the first significant piece of poetry she memorized in her youth. You could see a gleam in her eye as she recited the entire poem. In her later months, the poem was reduced to just the first few lines.
The words, in her voice, keep coming to me. I questioned myself as to why this was such an important memory for her. Then I realized that mom was a child of the Great Depression. She saw hard times. . . unemployment for her father. . . meager meals . . . a move to Texas where there was probably fewer jobs and more dust. But of all the events of those times, she chose to remember a graceful poem about family. THAT seems to be the focus of mom’s life. Remembering the good times. . .and family. She was always there for family and for others in need of help or a smile, even if it was at the end of a busy day... “between the dark and the daylight.”
I admonish you to make people and activities more important than
the things in life.

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