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Were I the Emotional Type

I’d tell you all about my family.
More often than not I’d be bragging.

Recounting tales of Unga Bunga or Marshmallows,
While cluing you in on Chad’s little problem with peanuts.
I could paint you a picture of warmth without need of a campfire.
Thrill you with Jolly Ranchers,
and blow your mind just by mentioning “the Stew”.
I may whisper lightly of dysfunction,
but I’d back it up with examples of real love.
When I remember incidents robed in Dorito’s and water fights,
you’d smile jealously and covet what I’m fortunate to have.
I may reveal more with simple terms like
Friendship, undying love, respect and safety.
Than my eyes that cry so seldomly ever could.
But I will say watching Breanna and Randy roll down that hill,
had me close to tears.

I’d have you laughing and covetous once more when I told you how I felt as a child…

Listening to Uncle Dick’s laugh,
stealing Uncle Ken’s hat,
hugging Aunt Dooty.
Visiting Uncle Dan’s site,
sitting on Uncle Mike’s lap,
listening to Dave play Gordon Lightfoot on acoustic.

These day’s my heart,
my soul, it quiets.
Not quite tame,
not quite broken… but peaceful.

These days it’s enough,
just to hear the youngin’s giggle.
To sit completely still as Matt strum’s,
and gaze across the fire.

And although each of these memories is framed in mosquito bites and sunburn…
I’d not trade them for all the air conditioning and all the aloe vera in the world.

Thank You

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I have one of the most terrific families in the world. I just arrived home from The Rank Family Reunion 2011, thus the fresh inspiration.

Below is a video I captured of the big roll down the hill, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Originally dark blonde, shy girl with an inferiority complex. But that’s no fun now is it? White hair, yellowy hazel eyes by birth most usually cloaked in the doll eye trend, a “the louder the better” mentality, and an ego the size of Detroit (as fake as my hueless hair I should mention) rounds out my very normal nautre. (-: Judge me by my poetry and my writing, and you’ll know me better than 85% of the rest of the world. (-:

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  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    this is one of the most beautiful writes I’ve read lately. you really are blessed with an awesome family, great memories and a very hard to find inner peace with it all. not to mention, they are pretty lucky to have you. they should read this. if you really were the emotional type, you might tear up and be pretty taken with this amazing account of a deeply moving family get together filled with the whole kitchen sink of it, mostly colored with a profound love. hugs, an inspiring sharing. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  • My deepest and most profound thank you and appreciation for your connection with this write, it is one of my favorites as well.

    – Edibl3leper

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 3 years ago

    Wow this write warms my heart. What pleasure to read your love of your beautiful warm tribute. This makes me feel emotional. I guess I am the emotional type.

  • Anthea, what a beautiful comment, not to mention a beautiful name. I’ve known an Althea but never an Anthea, Althea was deeply loved. If the similarity in name lends to a similarity in spirit, I look forward to getting to know you and your work.

    – Edibl3leper

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 3 years ago

    I meant to write What pleasure to read your love of your beautiful warm family.

  • jyruff
    jyruffover 3 years ago

    very touching.. and so true.

  • Thank you.

    – Edibl3leper

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 3 years ago

    beautiful and touching write

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful light you bring into the day, in the midst of the dark and gloom of world affairs, as they are presented to us, here are the simple joys that make up life. These are family values I can believe in :-))

  • lilynoelle
    lilynoelleover 3 years ago

    i read this the other day; I love it SO much! It makes me feel peaceful, just thinking of family, nature, and the adventures that come along with that. You wrote beautifully. It’s funny you have reunions; so does Mike’s family – mine is so small we just have little gatherings. There is officially: me, my mom, my grandma, my three aunts and two auncles, one mother-in-law to my uncle, three adult cousins, one teen cousin, and two little ones. AND, from all those many people ;) only five are blood related. LOL

  • lilynoelle
    lilynoelleover 3 years ago

    haha great video!` I hear the Mandi Laugh! :D I MISS YOU! AND I want to roll down a big hill. Haven’t done that since childhood. What do you say we give it a go sometime? ;p

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    Oh this is writing!
    You totally took me there with the sideway nuances and rolling back the memories as if they did roll down that hill too.
    Loved this…it was so entertaining but so loved the scraped knees and kisses feeling it gave me too. xx

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1over 3 years ago

    This is absolutely lovely!

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