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Ratleader
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0 posted 06-12-2005 12:07 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader


I almost always take the crayons.

At restaurants, I mean.... and for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is that sometimes I write poems with them while waiting for the meal. Here are a few of those that come to mind, the second of which applies to this story....
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This morning it was breakfast, at a hotel restaurant in San Diego....I was wearing my silly "Mahalo" tee-shirt, and the lady at the front desk smiled, told me a little wistfully about missing Hawaii, since she'd moved to the mainland....

I took the crayons, and that made her laugh -- and teasingly bring out the children's color-me placemat to go with them.....passing by our table later she smiled again, with a little comment about me being "all taken-care-of".....

One of the happys on the place-mat was a puzzle, "Choose The Crab That's Different"...one got colored red with green polka-dots and blue eyes...and marked "Me".....

Around it I wrote this:

Why I Take The Restaurant Crayons

I take the crayons
because they're a simple joy,
not just for children.
We who have known life's waiting,
do we not deserve them most?

             Mahalo!


.....and I folded it as a card, wrote on the front of it,
"Because you smiled"....and dropped it by the front desk as we left....

I'll never know what happened next, but that's ok.

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Martie
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1 posted 06-12-2005 12:11 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I hope that she treasures it as I would have.  What a lovely story!  
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2 posted 06-12-2005 07:39 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Well, I know one thing.

You just created two more "happy moments..."

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3 posted 06-12-2005 07:45 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

What a smile you gave to her..
and to us.
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4 posted 06-12-2005 09:38 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

doesn't that make you feel great..and  wonder too?  it's like when I leave those valentine roses and the poems for "someone"  at a mall bench every year...I would love to see who picks them up...hopefully they don't get tossed away.
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5 posted 06-12-2005 10:24 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

It did....and this does -- on a random bench for someone to find....that's marvelous!

....and what a story you could write, about someone who finds them.....

Actually I do have an inkling that I might find out some day, what came next....and I hope so. There's one thing I truly would like to know.....

She clearly had oriental blood....I wonder if she might have a background that would let her notice it's a Tanka, and understand that meant the poem was written carefully and seriously for her, not just tossed-off in spite of having been scrawled in my handwriting, which is childish enough without being multiplied by crayon....I'd like to know that.

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6 posted 06-12-2005 01:12 PM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

   There you go again, making someone's day special!  My hunch is that she knew it was written in form especially for her.  Doesn't it feel good to leave those little surprises?  I wrote a card someone at work recently, telling a lady how much I appreciate what she brings to the workforce and community.   When I started to sign my name, I decided, instead, to sign as "Anonymous".   I passed her several times in my poker face, knowing that she must have been puzzled from where it timely came.  I doubt very much she gets many warm fuzzies for all of her contributions.

   May you always borrow crayons, Ed!  There goes-it's the art in you just dying to come out!  I KNOW!  Looking forward to another picture of a painting!  

                miscee
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  Ed, Love the "little things" you do.

And miscee, nice of you to write that note.

Nakedthoughts, How wonderful. I love it. Just think, you may have changed a person's life with those valentine roses. best to all of you, martyjo
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8 posted 06-13-2005 12:46 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

What a wonderful story!!! Thanks for sharing this moment with us... I think she'll recognize the treasure you gave her... and appreciate it. *S*

Keep taking those crayons, my friend... for with your touch, they create art. *S*
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9 posted 06-14-2005 12:06 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

The little things matter most.......

I keep a fragrance bottle my
muse gave me when I met him
in endless winter and he
settled me into remembering
who I am.

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10 posted 06-14-2005 06:47 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

That was so sweet of you to do, Ed.



Ethel
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11 posted 06-14-2005 08:52 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

now that just made me smile, Ed

Mahalo indeed . . . I must get back there someday.

That was so very sweet of you to do and you know you made her day.

(I always color too, the one restaurant here - the tablecloth is brown coloring paper)

Maybe you should go back and see . . .
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