lunch with my great aunt Alice

The Milton Inn has this blue room
draped heavy in the past –
silver forks and knives
and glassware I used to polish
in early mornings when I learned
to drink my coffee black.

My great aunt Alice and I
used to take our lunches there
sipping diet coke and lemon our
three course meal a time
to talk of lives alike. Her handwriting in
pencil saying, “lovely, lovely.”

[author’s note: my great aunt Alice was an incredible woman and I really miss our lunches. They were a time to talk about writing and grammar and all the things we were geeky for. I still have her edits on my college work. I still can hear her telling me to go west on a trip that she could never take.]

written 11.20.10

18 thoughts on “lunch with my great aunt Alice

  1. so sweet to remember a favorite aunt…mine was my great aunt bebe (bella bender)… we spoke of God and she'd tell me stories about my family, about her life, I miss her so much, though she died nearly 25 years ago. her dresser is mine now in my bedroom, and my daughter is named for her…she is always near and often in my dreams.

  2. so sweet to remember a favorite aunt…mine was my great aunt bebe (bella bender)… we spoke of God and she'd tell me stories about my family, about her life, I miss her so much, though she died nearly 25 years ago. her dresser is mine now in my bedroom, and my daughter is named for her…she is always near and often in my dreams.

  3. there's a certain sentimentality here that came out wonderfully. Really love how you kept those memories and the details of these scenes so fresh, which shows the importance of the memories themselves. Loved the read, thanks.

  4. there's a certain sentimentality here that came out wonderfully. Really love how you kept those memories and the details of these scenes so fresh, which shows the importance of the memories themselves. Loved the read, thanks.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. It is so beautiful, and in the way it is framed too. And reminds me of a few people who have been gentle with me as I journeyed in this life, learning. πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for sharing this. It is so beautiful, and in the way it is framed too. And reminds me of a few people who have been gentle with me as I journeyed in this life, learning. πŸ™‚

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