From My Heart To You

Mom I Owe You

Oh, most people look through their wallets or pocket books
and way down at the bottom past the credit cards and
baby pictures and so on you usually find a little old piece
of dog eared poetry. I was cleaning up my wallet the
other day and I ran across a whole bunch of IOU'S.
Some of them thrity-five years overdue. And you
know the funny thing? All these IOU'S are owed to
one person. And I kind of felt that maybe now would be
a pretty good time for an accounting.

Mom, I sure hope your are listening. Sweet Lady, I owe you
for so many things. A lot of services like Night
Watchman for instance. Lying awake nights listening
for coughs, and cries, and creaking floor boards and me coming
in too late. Boy you had the eye of an Eagle and a roar
of a Lion. But you always had a heart as big as a house.

I owe you for services like, ah, Short Order Cook, Chef,
Baker. For making Sirloin out of Hamburger and Turkey
out of Tuna Fish. And big old strappin' boys out of

I owe you for cleaning services. The daily scrub face and
ears all work done by hand and for the frequent dustin' of
the small boys pants. Just trying to make sure they do have
a spotless life. And for washing and ironing that no
laundry could ever do. For drying the tears of child
hood and ironing out the problems of growing up.

I owe you for services as a Body Guard for protecting
me from the terrors of thunderstorms and nightmares.
And too many green apples.

And Lord knows I owe you for medical attention for nursing
me through measles, mumps, bruises, bumps, splinters and
Spring fever. Oh, oh, lets not forget medical advice.
Important things like "if you keep on scratching that it will
never get well," or "if you cross your eyes there gonna stick
like that!" And probably the most important advice of them
all "boy you be sure you got on clean underwear in case you
are in an accident."

And I owe you for veternarian services for feeding every
lost dog that I dragged home at the end of the rope. And
for healing the pains of puppy love.

And I owe you for entertainment. Entertainment that kept
a household going during some pretty rough times. And for
wonderful productions of Christmas, Fourth of July, Birthday's
and for making make believe come true. And you did it all on
such a limited budget.

I owe you for construction work. For building kites and
comets, hope and dreams and somehow you made them all touch
the sky. And for cementing together a family so it would
stand the worse kind of shocks and blows. And for layin'
down a good strong foundation to build a life on.

I owe you for carry charges. For carrying me on your books
for the necessities of life that a growing boy somehow they
just gotta have. things like eh, eh, a pair of high top
boots with a little pocket on the side for a jacknife. And
one thing Mom I'll never forget. When there were two pieces
of pie and three hungry people you were always the one that
decided "well I'm not really that hungry anyhow."

These are just a few of the things for which payment is long
overdue. The person that I owe them to worked very very
cheap. She managed by simply doin' without a whole lot of
things that she needed herself. My IOU'S add to more than I
could ever hope to repay. But you know the nicest thing
about it all? That I know that she had marked the entire
bill Paid In Full for just one kiss and four little words.

~ Mom, I Love Ya! ~

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