Enigma, Mother Dear

There once was a woman named Helen Cecile
married and happy, her life surreal.
Many an escapade made us laugh,
silliness multiplied gaffe by gaffe.

I remember a day we spent at the zoo
where she created quite the to-do.
On the visitor’s side of the animal’s moat
she suddenly blanched and cleared her throat.
Shaking she stood near the pacing jaguars
knee red and swollen, stuck between bars.
Zookeepers rushed to embarrassing scene,
saving the day, they applied vaseline.

Seeking calm and less to-do
we headed to the petting zoo.
She laughed out loud patting the goats
who gathered round her petticoats.
Closing time near, she strolled through the gate,
stopped short and turned, sensing less weight.
Waving at us, with her once-flowered purse
she swore at the goats. You are perverse!
Her purse, you see, was now quite bald
they’d nudged and ate, till it was mauled.

My mother’s name was Helen Cecile,
life with her was surely surreal.
In between faults lie love and gaffes
missing-her-tears, softened by laughs.

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I’m behind here….written for day 17 of Napowrimo: Prompt was to write about a family anecdote. Need to catch up with days 18, 19 and today, 20.  More to come.

28 thoughts on “Enigma, Mother Dear

  1. Adda April 20, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Wonderful!!! I see some similarities.

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Well….she was an interesting woman, that’s for sure! 🙂

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  2. Beverly Crawford April 20, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    Can’t wait for more!

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Still trying to catch up….sigh. Hosting dVerse today…stop by!

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  3. rothpoetry April 20, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Your poem made me smile…and the photo of your mother made an even bigger smile! She must have been quite a lady. Great poem!!
    Dwight

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      She was something all right! 🙂 And these two stories are real….I didn’t include the one where she was making chocolate chip cookies and I suddenly heard this loud thump,thump,thump and her suddenly swearing…then silence. I went into the kitchen and there was the entire stick of butter in the mixing bowl, with its wrapper still on and now chewed up….and she only said, “Well, it called for a stick of butter!” Honest! …and she really did have all her marbles, as they say. She was just….scatterbrained sometime!

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      • rothpoetry April 23, 2018 / 8:38 pm

        What a hoot! She was special!

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  4. Waltermarks April 20, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    That’s a wonderful tribute. She must have been a wonderful woman. I like the part about the goats eating her purse, lol

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Well….we laughed at that one a lot more than when her knee was stuck. One time, in Florida, when I was in about 5th grade, we were on the beach and she was putting sun tan lotion all over her and my dad and she kept saying, “this is so hard to rub in!” She started to put it on me, and being about 12 I was embarassed to have her do that so grabbed the plastic bottle from her and started to do it myself. I suddenly noticed a wierd dauber on the top of the bottle, looked at the label, and it said “Supra Bone-Colored Shoe Polish.” Honest!!!!

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      • Waltermarks April 23, 2018 / 6:31 pm

        Shoe polish! That IS a knee slapper, lol

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  5. Grace April 20, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    A funny and much loved woman ~ Love the personal share Lillian ~

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, Grace. She did some pretty silly things in her lifetime! 🙂

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  6. Mish April 20, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Sounds like your mother was a beautiful character, Lil….

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      🙂 “character” being the key word!

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  7. Frank Hubeny April 20, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    Nice line: “In between faults lie love and gaffes”. Beautiful remembrance of her.

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      …and that is true. She did some pretty horrible things in her lifetime…but the silly things are the ones I remember….or maybe choose to remember?

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Yep, and that really did happen! LOL

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  8. Bekkie Sanchez April 21, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Wow! A great story! When I was a child, my family (and Aunt Mary) went to the zoo. We were by the lions’ cage (kind of above us) and my Aunt said, “what a beautiful lion!” It backed up to the bars and peed all over her. I’ll never forget that! I know it’s the same with yours.

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Could that have been the zoo in St. Louis? My husband had the same thing happen to him there…and it was about 90 degrees with awful humidity — man did he smell! 🙂 Threw out the shirt and drove home bare chested 🙂

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      • Bekkie Sanchez May 5, 2018 / 1:15 pm

        I so feel for him! No, in my hometown of Michigan City, Indiana. The zoo is still there on Lake Michigan but the lion area is different now. My Aunt looked so rejected when it happened, then it turned to disgust and horror. I bet that was a long ride home.

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  9. dornahainds April 22, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Marvelous tribute to no doubt, an Extraordinary woman. 🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! She was a character! 🙂

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