Look at this picture and tell me what you see?
What does it make you feel? Who do you really see?
Do you see the woman who is standing there?
The one who is older with the gray in her hair?
Or do you see the girl that she used to be?
When she was 15 and fancy free?
Not a care in the world, no bills, no kid,
No husband to look after to do his bid.
The wedding was hurried, there were plans to make
Who thought it important to plan for a cake?
What I see is a woman looking back on her life
And those fifty years as a mother and wife.
Not with regret or with any bad feeling,
But an emotion filled heart that sends her head reeling.
The meals she’d prepared, the mouths she had fed
The thoughts of raising all six of her kids
The boo boos she’d kissed, the broken hearts mended
The dishes she’d washed and the gardens she’d tended
The number of times she’d had to say no
The way she had felt as she watched them each go
Feeling pride and sorrow, diametric anomalies
As each one left to raise their own families
We thought and thought about what to gift her.
A book, a plaque, or was there something better?
I had told hubby the story of her cake,
Or lack thereof with many plans to make.
Then we hit upon the idea that fit perfectly
Her wedding cake for her anniversary
So 50 years later who would have thought,
The tears of joy such a simple act brought?
So that is what you really see
That 15 year old girl she used to be
Gazing upon the cake of her dreams
And thinking back on that day or so it seems.
The cake her son in law made with such care
Because of his love and honor to share
This special day that not many get
But this isn’t their last, by far, not yet.
Life doesn’t always happen like you plan
But you run the race the best you can
You do what you can with the hand that you’re given
Hope for the best and just keep on living.
So if we’re lucky enough to make it to fifty
I hope our kids think of a gift just as nifty!
This post was brought to you by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and prompt #2.) Write a poem about a picture. Thanks Kat!