A few months ago I came across this poem…and I connected so deeply with it…it reminded me so much of my mom and dad.
even being very old,
(or perhaps because of it),
I like to make my bed.
In fact, the starting of each day
is the biggest thing I ever do.
I smooth away the dreams disclosed by tangled sheets,
I smack the dented pillow’s revelations to oblivion,
I finish with the pattern of the spread exactly centered.
The night is won.
And now the day can open.
During their 68 years of marriage, my mom always made their bed every morning no matter what…(with the exception of a time or two…according to my dad…and of course she continues to this day)…but it was my father who did the “turndown service” each and every evening…even during his years of Alzheimer’s. During those particular years it may have been at one in the afternoon…or four in the afternoon, but he never forgot. So happy that I caught him in action a couple of years before he passed away. I love this image…so many memories in that one scene…and such a connection to this poem.
So of course I wanted to know more about the author. A quick search led me to Peggy Freydberg and unfortunately…her obituary. She had just passed away at 107 years old in early spring of 2015. After reading an article about her in Vanity Fair, I learned she started writing poetry at age 90. At that moment on…I knew I had to own this book. Think about that…90 years old. What a testament to the “creativity has no age limit.” When I went on-line to order her book – Poems from the Pond – there were none to be found. None available…currently reprinting…was the result when checking Amazon, Powell’s and several other on-line bookstores. After patiently waiting a month or so, I came across an event at ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan for an evening of readings from Peggy’s – Poems from the Pond – hosted by Laurie David. (note: If you ever visit NYC…a visit to ABC is a requirement. You will either thank me or you’ll want to kill me…ka ching.) To my delight…the readers were Diane Sawyer, Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and several others…and….there were books! Amazing how things happen. I must say…I’d never been to a poetry reading before…and I loved it! It didn’t hurt that it was held in an amazing section of ABC’s store…Deepak Chopra’s Homebase…which is absolutely stunning!
So guess who brought home two books? I’ve been so excited to mail this extra copy to someone, so I went back a couple months in my blog and did a drawing from the names of folks who had commented during that time. Easy Peasy. So congratulations to Ruth of Birds of the Air Quilts! You will so love this book Ruth…assuming you don’t have it already! Even the feel of this book is sooooo special. You may also remember that I have a few of Trysette’s cd’s to give away…so I picked two more names…Jennifer of Ripplespeak and Abby of Perspectives. (Send me your mailing address via the “envelope” at the top (right) of my blog or my personal email address if you have it.) There’s still more cd’s…so I’ll do this again soon…with another giveaway! Can’t wait to share about that! 🙂 Lots to tell…
But before I go…gotta tell you there’s even a connection to Peggy’s pond. Well not exactly Peggy’s pond…but the pond in general. We had a pond on the farm during my younger years. Eventually a portion of the the farm was sold and the pond went away. But, that pond…I have so many fond memories of that pond. Fishing with my uncles…feeding the catfish with my dad when he would restock…catching tadpoles with my mom for school projects…so many memories. So I think that’s why I have such an affection for ponds today. Like this one above…that I came across during a very early morning outing while in Vermont this past fall. Oh…and there’s the hair comb…(a story for another time)…but so many connections to her collections of poems.
Now…a huge heads up. You may experience a bit of a flurry in my updates over the next couple of weeks. I’m heading to Virginia to visit my mom…and then at the end of this month…Cambodia for almost three weeks! So I gotta get all caught up here with my journaling of Vietnam! Plus I have so much to tell you about what’s happening in Cambodia! So I appreciate (in advance!) your understanding of the upcoming blog storm!
(p.s. I’m not a TV person, but I love documentaries. If you do too, here’s a couple to watch. First, India’s Daughter, the story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of the young medical student. Second, East of Salinas, a story of immigration and childhood. Both films not only educated me, but touched me deeply and it’s hard to get them out of my head. Please share if you have any to touch your heart…would love to know! And something on a brighter note…the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Oh gosh…I so wanna be Frankie (Lily Tomlin) when I grow up. And in full disclosure…I watched almost the entire series in one day…with a bottle of champagne. You gotta have one of those days at least once a year, right?!