Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Christmas Letter . . .

Many years ago on an antiquing jaunt,
I came upon this framed handwritten letter.
(Translated below the photo)
I am honored to hold it for safe keeping, as it seems to me 
it was written by a father to the child he was missing at Christmas time.
This simple letter has always tugged at my heartstrings, but especially so
this year as our own children were celebrating elsewhere.
(Tho, we will celebrate bit by bit as each schedule 
will allow and cherish the prolonged season!)
The Letter:
(Capitalization and punctuating are true :-)

Down Where The Three Big Maples Stand
They Are doing Things Today,  They Seem To be
Moving in A quiet Misterious Way,  They have
Taken down The Curtains,  They have Scrubbed
The Kitchen floor,  There's boys Carrying Water
And They Are Going back for More,  They have
Give The Rugs a beating  been dusting off  The
Chairs,     And i overheard Them Talking About
Cleaning The Upstairs,  They Are Shining up The
Windows  Putting Varnish on The floor,  And They
have a Great Big Gander Anchored by The
Kitchen door,   They say That He"s Trait or been
Takin on Too Much Fat,  It's yore one Conclusion that
They Are Killing him for That.  There"s Holly in The
Hallway,  Other bundles here And there,
And The Whole darned Place is taking on That
Old Time Christmas Cheer,  If you Knew What
i was Thinking of.  And how I Really care,
You Would Not have to Ask Me if 
 you Were only Here   ~    DAD

Lori Ann


Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

very very sweet ~ touching poem by a simple man ~ lucky you to have stewardship of it :)

Linda said...

That is really special; what a treasure. Linda

Shelly said...

Sure tugs on the heartstrings, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing that.

Kays Kids said...

Loti, that is such a treasure. Thank you for sharing it with me. That would certainly be part of my decoration every year. I am sorry you didn't get to see the family at Christmas, but remember the fun times you have had together in the past.
Hugs Kay

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Such a sweet treasure to behold.
It pulled at my heartstrings too.

By Thy Hands Tinkerings said...

It made me cry, so sweet!!!
Happy New Year Lori!!


Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

What an incredible treasure! Glad you have it in safe keeping.
Wishing you a blessed New Year!