To my Mom, on Mother’s Day by Darlene Forsman
I can never say enough words to adequately express,
All the times you sat by me helping me learn to read in first grade.
We struggled for so many days, weeks, and months,
Yet we still persevered like two soldiers on a solitary march.
Over and over again we read those “wonderful” classics:
“Dick and Jane”, “See Spot Run”, and eventually we
Graduated to those more difficult sessions of:
“The Firefly” and a lot more of that ilk.
At One point (perhaps in despair) you planned with such precision,
Much like a general on that one last forge up the battle hill,
I received that magical series: Read About Me, and suddenly,
A new world opened up!
How I eagerly turned each page to read about the adventures my
Friends, siblings, and pets were having with ME! No
Longer were there long pauses as I struggled with words I
Was unfamiliar pronouncing!! No more problems did
I have with just jumping right in to make a guess how to pronounce a word
I knew so little. I was like George the Dragon Slayer going out to kill
Myself a dragon and dragging it back to home.
I admit I got carried away in third grade
Dare I say now I’m sorry for opening those book packages addressed to You? (I suppose carting them off to my room to read, and
Then giving them to you was a bit presumptuous.)
And I’m sure you were convinced Tina (my older sis),
Was the culprit who swiped the book you were in the middle of
Reading back in those days of Ellery Queen, to which
I say now, how sorry I am to both of you for that mistake.
Tina then showed me how to correctly “steal” the book you were in
The middle of reading while you slept or were busy working on the farm.
At least I can claim how I learned speed reading, was solely because of you.
And let’s not forget those magazine subscriptions you gave to us kids:
Cricket, Highlight for Kids, and World Geographical for kids.
(I suppose it makes sense now how each of us either did well
In the science world or the world of literature with all that you gave us.
So if anything I would like to say these few,
Magical words which realistically gave me a whole new world:
Thanks Mom, for being my book pusher!!!
Darlene has spent several years in the King County area teaching English classes, all portions of the GRE, and Adult Basic Education (ABE). She’s done phone soliciting, banking, data entry work, and currently is a book reviewer at nightowlsreview.com. She’s happily married to a great guy and has a therapy dog: Pookie, who keeps them busy. She’s owned enough books to rival the Library of Alexandria in her lifetime!
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