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Kathy Gruenewald Faith Story

posted Oct 27, 2014, 12:38 PM by Plymouth Church UCC   [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 12:38 PM by Andrew Warner ]
Kathy Gruenewald

Mama Can Manage


She reads a magazine when we arrive

underlining each word with her finger.

Does she recognize those words

she loves? No matter,

The act pleases her.


She notices, then recognizes us

though our names escape her.

Blue eyes are warm when

she smiles; her arms reach

out from her wheelchair

to grasp our hands.


She brightens when I compliment

her on her cloud of thick white hair.

Chuckling, she boasts

she did it herself that morning

and swears the blue beaded top

she wears she found at Gimbels

for only a dollar ninety eight.

We laugh together.


We whisk her away in her wheelchair

headed for the ice cream parlor.

Mama grins as we cruise back

a century around striped chairs

and round tables. We order

a strawberry cone for her

which she licks daintily. I watch,

ready to help. She tips the cone

to trim the drips with her tongue.

I relax, Mama can manage.

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