Random Thoughts

Thank God for Menial Chores: Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Thank God for menial chores.
~A. Florette Strickland, 1901-1981

The broom whisks back and forth

chasing particles of dirt and leaf litter back outside.

Thank God for menial chores.

Memories cradle my sorrow

In the quiet space where there is no silence.

Thank God for menial chores, my grandmother said.

Sweep the floor, cook the rice, pay the bill, fax the letter.

Choreograph emotion into a dance of grace

because of,

in spite of,

the fact that I am still standing among the living.

On to my menial chores,

where I can meet my grandmother and my father

in the quiet.

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By Kay Strickland

I am a keeper of my family's lore, chasing after my ancestors' tales in south central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania and Southside Virginia. The stories and photographs that I share on this blog are my intellectual property. While I do my very best to provide well researched posts, I do not pretend to have reached genealogical proof standards. Therefore, much of this work is to generate conversation among interested parties. If you would like to share my work or my records, please contact me: dkaysdays (at) gmail (dot) com.

4 replies on “Thank God for Menial Chores: Words of Wisdom Wednesday”

Your poem is very touching and encourages deep thought. Yes, we did have a family reunion at Duke and Norman enjoyed every second of it that he was awake. We all gained strength from each other. I am sure the rules were bent or we would have been asked to leave. Thanks for remembering and posting. Love you!! Betty

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