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The Old Wooden Kitchen Table- In Rhyming Fashion

I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

The abandoned old home place.

The abandoned old home place.

Time marches on, or, so they say.

I ambled slowly among the rubble of my old childhood home

I tread easily as memories lay barefaced on the old iron fireplace dome

I envision the children running and playing around the old wooden table that mama kept full of homemade goodies prepared by her loving hand's

Hot biscuits, giblet gravy adorned the turkey on a special Sunday that spans the hand's of time

Was it that long ago when they all gathered around that old wooden kitchen table to hear mama's stories of rhyme?

She always seemed to know just what new story to tell

The one about the old swimming hole or the old bottomless well

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The creatures who lived there, their joy's and their sorrow's

The children would listen wide-eyed and bushy tailed about their exciting yesterday's and tomorrow's

Oh how I wish I could go back once more

Sit quietly just to feel the love and hear the laughter and perhaps the loud slamming of the old wooden door

Time marches on, or, so they say

Nothing can compare to a special Sunday at mama's old wooden kitchen table that will forever bring me back to yesterday today.

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Comments

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on April 02, 2020:

Hello Peggy. I was the last of 12 children and by the time I was born they all were gone, getting jobs or had a family of their own, but the stories told to me are what I cherish. Thank you again.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2020:

Aren't our childhood memories like this one sweet. It is so nice we can carry them in our memories.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 20, 2016:

Hello Shauna. I'm so sorry for being late. Somehow I missed your comment. And yes, I agree. The simple things in life are the best memories. I love to go back there periodically. Thanks so much for coming by....

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 05, 2016:

What a beautiful memory, Ruby! Isn't it ironic that the simpler times brought the most joy and formed our favorite memories?

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 19, 2016:

Hello Cam,Looking back, it seems the good times and memories were around the kitchen table. Glad you enjoyed going back to simpler times. Thank you...

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 18, 2016:

I agree with Nell, we all have a version of the old wooden table, something that inspires memories of simpler times and family fun. Thanks for taking us back.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 17, 2016:

Hello Nell, I think we all had that table and good memories to remember. I'm glad you did too. Thank You..

Nell Rose from England on June 17, 2016:

Ah memories! this is wonderful Ruby! I think we all have that table don't we?

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 16, 2016:

Thank you Aurdey, Happy to see you..

Audrey Howitt from California on June 15, 2016:

Funny hoe something as simple as a table can bring so many memories flooding back--this was lovely!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 13, 2016:

Hi Martie, I'm so glad it took you back to happy childhood days. Thank you my long time friend.....

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 13, 2016:

Auw, those were the days! This poem takes me back to my childhood. Thanks, Ruby!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 11, 2016:

Hello Genna. I'm so glad you could relate through the harvest table your father built many years ago. That's wonderful. Thank you for well wishes on the hubs selected for LetterPile. You are the talented one my friend!!!!!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 11, 2016:

What beautiful poem, Ruby! The old table reminds me of the harvest table my father made many years ago...such memories. My sister now has this cherished table of time in the kitchen nook of her home.

I'm so pleased to see more of your work on LetterPile! Hugs, my talented friend. :-)

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 11, 2016:

Hello Mar. I knew you could relate to this nostalgic tale of happy times around the table with our mama's. I am happy to report that HP has selected this hub for their new site. I feel so honored. Who would have ' thunk ' it?

Love...

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 11, 2016:

Ah, Ruby, you have struck some familiar chords from my childhood...what a comforting, smile-producing piece of love you have written for us.

Absolutely beautiful. Love and thanks, mar

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 11, 2016:

Thank you Frank, Happy you enjoyed...

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 10, 2016:

this was clever and an enjoyable read always exploring..:)

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 10, 2016:

Hello Whonu. I certainly agree with you. When a family gathers around the table and the children are allowed to interact, the outcome is a happy family with cherished memories. Thank you so much...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 10, 2016:

Hello Rasma, the old table was a place where the whole family shined. It was before my time, but the stories told were great. Thank you kindly for coming by...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 10, 2016:

Hello DDE, we do live different lives and everything is as warp speed, bur our memories last forever. Thank you for coming by...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 10, 2016:

Hello Dana, my house is still standing in Mt Carmel, Il. I drive past and think of the times. ( The house has been remodeled but the memories are still there. ) Thank you....

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 10, 2016:

Hello Theresa, I think when we age we all like to go back for a visit of the good ole days. Thank you...

Blessings my friend...

whonunuwho from United States on June 09, 2016:

These memories of childhood help define who we grow up to become. They are held in a special place within each heart and can be remembered to give us hope. Thank you for these shared and cherished memories my friend, whonu.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 09, 2016:

Absolutely delightful. Childhood memories always shine the brightest. I could just about picture that kitchen table.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 08, 2016:

Childhood memories are great and sometimes make you wonder of everything else going in our present lives.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on June 08, 2016:

I feel the same way whenever I pass by my childhood home. I become overwhelmed and emotional over all the fond memories. Faith is so right, we take life for granted and should be enjoying every moment.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 08, 2016:

Hi Ruby,

I love the nostalgia of this hub and I, too, have been in the same mindset thinking back to childhood memories and appreciating those things I had taken for granted at the time, and wishing I could go back.

Blessings

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hi Clive, memories, we all have them, hopefully they are good. Just to return in thought is wonderful. Yes, they were the good old days, never to be forgotten. Thank you...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hello Bill. I often like to reminiscence back to the days when life was so simple and families were close. I'm glad this piece took you back to similar times. Thank you,,,

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hi John. Happy you enjoyed, I love that song too.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on June 08, 2016:

Good memories will last forever. Ahhhhh, the good ole' days

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hello Ven, I'm glad you could relate to happy times around your dining room table. We all are so much alike around the world. Thank you....

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hi Shan, I miss those good times too. I miss so many who are gone from my life. Thank you...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hello Mike, I like the idea of the walls capturing the laughter of the family. Thank you so much...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hi Eric. I had a feeling your mother was a fantastic cook. I think what amazed me the most was how my mother could cook a meal for twelve children and they still think she was the best cook in all the world. Thank you my friend...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Thank you Manatita. Grandma's are special to so many people, as well as the old family home. I'm happy that you found this look-back charming...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 08, 2016:

I smiled throughout this lovely piece of writing, and thought back to similar scenes in my mind. Wonderful, my friend.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 08, 2016:

Hello Shyron. I'm so glad this took you back to the good old days around your grandma's wooden table. Isn't it funny that we all have our best memories around the table and good food? Thank you..

Hugs and blessings.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2016:

How I wish I could go back and relive memories too Ruby. Nice hub, and Green Green Grass of Home topped it off.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 07, 2016:

Beautiful! It brings back memories of our own round table in the dining room when I was not even 5 years old. Those were the days of happiest moments in our life.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2016:

This is beautiful. I miss those big family gatherings from childhood.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 07, 2016:

Hello Ruby. You certainly paint a wondrous picture here. You could here the laughter captured in the walls.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 07, 2016:

Ruby I thank you for taking me back to our old wooden table. All six of us children were never late for dinner. Boy my mom was a fantastic cook. I was so loved.

manatita44 from london on June 07, 2016:

Another one of memories down the lane. The best bits for me are always the grandmas. So loving; so cheerful... Charming Hub.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 07, 2016:

Ruby, my gem of a friend

You are speaking for me too

I took a trip in the memory of my mind with you

Around my grandma's old wooden table

With buttermilk, cornbread and Grandma's chicken stew

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Blessings and Hugs dear Ruby