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Remembering Mom & Dad Recipe

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Brenda Sharp
Added: Saturday, October 18, 2008


O'Neal & Crucie Sharp

As I look back on my childhood
I'm reminded of lots of things.
Like chopping and picking cotton
And looking turnip greens.

I never understood why
Each leaf had to be washed separately
But MaMa was so particular
She never really trusted me.

Another job I didn't like
That I always had to do
Pick those bugs off the tater vines
Why didn't MaMa give that job to Hugh.

Saturday mornings were always eventful
There were lots of things to do
We got to clean the Venetian blinds
And wash the baseboards too.

When all the chores were finished
We got cleaned up and went to town
The place to shop was 2nd Avenue
That where Samuel's, Warren's,
Emporium & Belks were found.

Dad always bought Mom the best
She dressed just like a queen
From hats to high heel shoes
And wearing nylons with the seams.

He always let me have
A dollar for my own
I'd spend it on sheet music at "Forbes"
Now known as "Emiron".

The next stop was at Fuller's
There were groceries they had to buy
Why Saturday nights were the time
For cooking burgers and fries.

Mom mixed the ingredients
Forming each patty with love
While Dad fried each one
Occasionally giving MaMa a hug.

We sat down to eat
The blessing was said
No money for the hamburger buns
We had to use light bread.

It's the little things remembered
That I can recall
When it took very little money
For us to have a ball.

So always make time
For your own families
Love never runs out
And it's the only thing that's free.





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