"Quality time" is a fashionable term today
That, I believe, is used redundantly
To me, time spent with family and friends
Should be often and abundantly

Even in the fast-paced world of today
Special moments should be part of our days
Spent with and around the ones we love
Time is fleeting and will soon pass away

I remember going with Daddy to the movies
And drinking a bottle of strawberry Nehi
He would sit in the middle between Lena and me
Those precious times seemed to just fly by

Or when Mother sent us t
o Butler's for popsicles
That we shared with the kids next door
Licking off the juice that melted down our arms
Each wishing that we had a couple more

Going up to Thacker Hollow to see Grandpa
Sitting there on the floor at his knee
Totally immersed in the stories he told
That still linger in my memory

Trying on new shoes Daddy bought in Williamson
With dresses, skirts and blouses Mother made
While the boys got store-bought blue jeans
Just before starting another school grade

Sitting in the front porch swing at night
Listening to Daddy strumming his old guitar
We kids all singing and trying to harmonize
And making wishes on shooting stars

Holidays that were always spectacular to us
Because Mother and Daddy worked so hard
To give their family all they could afford
Before the era of the good old charge card

We children took all those times for granted
And never thought of their being exceptional
But what I know now that I didn't know then
Is that all of those moments were special

Kathleen McCoy EldridgeŠ
September 20, 2007
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Music: "Ghost Story"

Sequenced By: Dick Anderson
Used With Permission