Friday, 22 February 2013

Mum's the Word


Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s word is: What Mama did - in honour of our mothers.


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Mama did words.

Mama did funny, crazy poems and sayings that got stuck in her brain from childhood and the English text books of her past.

‘Let me sew you to your sheet.’
‘Nothin’ but boxes of birdseed.’

Not to mention the family gatherings that finished with sore cheeks from laughing hard at poems she’d recite (complete with pommy accent) all about that poor Albert bloke.

Mama did scripture; a verse for every action. Good or bad.

‘Be sure your sins will find you out.’
‘How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.’

Mama did ‘language school’ in preparation for possible overseas missionary work. Then Mama was my sole truly interested audience, years later, when I learned the difference between a fricative and a bilabial flap. And all about the Great Vowel Shift. No Mama, not bowel!

Mama did words – and Mama still does. Capturing moments in beautiful poems; that we may laugh, or cry, be healed, or just remember…

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Now, your turn…


18 comments:

  1. this made my heart smile... what a lovely way to describe your mother...

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  2. Oh Lizzy - and her daughter does words too, that make a Mama proud, and cry, and be blessed by her open heart! Love you, Meg.

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    1. And BTW I clicked on the Albert link this morning and found a whole new (to me) lot of poems I had not seen before! Watch out at future gatherings! Meg

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  3. Your mother sounds fun and funny. It's wonderful that you remember her so fondly.

    Sophia
    twentyfiveseasons.com

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    1. Thank you Sophia! I'm fairly certain that I inherited her sense of humour. So yes - I think so too. Bless you heaps :o)

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  4. What a gift! I'm sure she is thrilled that you write as well!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings!
    Beth

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    1. Thank you Beth! (See anonymous comment above). Blessings :o)

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  5. Wow! What a great tribute to your mom and her gift to the world. Have a blessed day. Followed you from five minute friday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Vicki! Bless you heaps :o)

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  6. This was beautiful! LOVED reading your sweet words about your mom.

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    1. Thank you Rachel! Blessings to you :o)

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  7. Dear Lizzy
    Your momma sounds a lot like my dad, He also did words and was an expert at teasing! And just like your mom, he was interested in everything I did, just because it was me doing it! He also wrote the most beautiful poems. Over via FMF.
    Much love
    Mia

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    1. I love it when we can see where we get something good from. And that it gives us something in common with them. As a child I was fascinated by all the linguistic stuff my parents were learning and then to reverse roles later was a gift. Thank you for stopping by. Bless you heaps :o)

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  8. I loved the title haha. Your play on words is something I often giggle at, and obviously something you got from your Mom. I loved what you wrote and how simple yet descriptive of your mother it was. I had a hard time with that this week (the simple part)! This was a fun read and your Mom sounds like a she would be fun to be around :)

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    1. Thank you! If nobody else gets me I know that Mum will. Our brains are wired the same way. This was an easier FMF for me (at last). I didn't have to think too hard about what to say at all - and given time to think about it could have added so much more. Loved reading about your Mum/Mom too! Bless you heaps :o)

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  9. Popping over from FMF - I loved reading this. I'm fond of wordplay, too, and I enjoyed reading about your mom. I hope my children will speak as kindly about my puns and silly sayings someday. :-)

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