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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

My Angels

By Lyn Burnstine

Angels1Burnstine

They arrive – heralded.
My two angels.
One weekly; the other monthly.
The weekly angel washes, scrubs, vacuums, changes my bed,
launders, dusts, removes trash and garbage, washes dishes,
polishes silver, throws out cardboard boxes, recycles plastic and glass,
and any odd jobs I ask her to do – cheerfully and willingly.

The monthly angel cuts, chops, stirs, bakes,
fills my freezer and refrigerator
with yummy, easy-to-finish foods.
She takes home peelings and parings for compost,
leaving no mess behind.
She, too, is jolly good company.
Both of them shop for food.

I used to do it all (except for composting)
while raising kids, babysitting grandkids, doing my own concerts, running concerts, and teaching little kids.
Oh! And did I mention trying to keep a man happy?
Or even trying to find one? (An exhausting chore.)
And frequent mealtime guests.
And sewing and crafts projects.
Were there more than 24 hours in the day then?

I knew an elderly man once who had been a photojournalist for a famous magazine.
He always said “I used to be...”
I swore I’d never say that.
But here I am, saying “I used to be...”
And “I used to do.”

I think I’m trying not to feel guilty for my good luck:
my two angels,
And probably just making sure you understand
that I’m old and decrepit, not lazy.

Angels2Burnstine


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Comments

Lyn - Your photographic skills continue to amaze. Spectacular tiger lily - beautiful zinnia?

Just like your angels! - Sandy

Your mind is active, your thoughts are loving and your photography is absolutely beautiful.

I am happy for you that you have two angels. You have certainly earned the right.

It is amazing how much we used to accomplish in 24 hours and how little we can do now. My angel became ill and quit several months ago and I am, once more, trying to do it all. Needless to say, I am failing.

I love your photos.

Lyn,

I don't think you are old and decrepit.

People who really are old and decrepit do NOT take beautiful photographs of lovely flowers, then write an interesting essay about all of the various activities they did in their lifetime.

Thank you for all your lovely comments. Nancy, I'm not looking for confirmation (but thank you anyway) I just believe in "truth in advertising." Chuckle, chuckle.

Great advice and beautiful flowers, what more could we ask? Sometimes what we used to do isn't possible anymore, tis good you have those angels to pitch in, but even better that you still can do the other things you love and enjoy - and selfishly for me that give others great pleasure seeing and reading..may we all learn the graceful part of changing as we age..I always enjoy your narrations; I feel I can actually see the angels at work, so to speak...thanks...

SO GLAD THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO FIND YOUR ANGELS. YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GRACEFULLY LET GO OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOW TOO DIFFICULT AND TO SHARE THOSE TALENTS THAT YOU STILL HAVE OR HAVE NEWLY AQUIRED.

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