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Life at 50

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L Tiuch
since 02-04-2000
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0 posted 02-05-2000 12:34 PM       View Profile for L Tiuch   Email L Tiuch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for L Tiuch

As my nest becomes more empty
I find I'm living in the past,
I concentrate on all "they've" done
For the first time and the last.
Oh, where have all the years gone?
Those babies now are grown,
My youngest just turned eighteen
And soon is leaving home...
What will I do?  I ask myself,
With no child who still needs me-
You'd think I'd be ecstatic
For the first time-I am free!
Instead, I feel so empty,
Although my heart is filled with pride
For the young adults they have become
I hope they know I tried.
Though times were hard and money scarce,
We bonded fast and true,
And I still have those memories
To keep my whole life through.
The "boys" have both grown into men
With no Dad to show the way,
Yet I am ever confident
That neither one will stray
From their separate paths in life,
For each has set a goal,
And they have learned, if nothing else
To love with all their heart and soul.
My little girl- no longer small
Is quite the lady now-
I know I'll survive her leaving
I just keep asking how?
But God,in all His wisdom
Has seen me through these days
I've struggled and I've won and lost,
As I've journeyed through life's maze.
He has placed inside my special world
Loving family and good friends,
Who will keep me strong and focused,
As the life I've known now ends.
Perhaps I won't be lonely,
I'll have to wait and see
But for right now, I'll shed my tears
For all that used to be.
And as each day grows brighter,
I'll smile, because I know
God trusted me with His Angels
To love, and then let go.

L Tiuch

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Member Seraphic
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with you

1 posted 02-05-2000 12:40 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

L Tiuch, don't worry, life always brings us back to our parents'. I'm almost 30 and I'll tell you, I need my Mom more now than I ever did growing up( teenagers think they know it all ). I miss them as much as they miss me. My mom said she freaked out a little when I left, but I guess her and Dad really enjoyed the freedom! Loved your poem,Welcome! -SEA
L Tiuch
since 02-04-2000
Posts 151

2 posted 02-05-2000 12:50 PM       View Profile for L Tiuch   Email L Tiuch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for L Tiuch

Sea...Thanks for your response and welcome.  It's been 5 years since I wrote that poem, and I've found everything you said is true.
Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley

3 posted 02-05-2000 12:53 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Welcome to OUR family! I loved this...and I too know that even though they leave, they do come back..I've got one of mine now! LOL

I enjoyed this and look forward to more from  you..please check your email for a special welcome!
Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

4 posted 02-05-2000 01:17 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Welcome to Passions... and yeah - they come back.....
Here's my true story....

When She Was Three

When she was three she said to me
“I’ll never move away.
I’ll stay with you my whole life through..
Forever and a day”

But once a teen she didn’t mean
Those words much any more
So I, in jest, and mother’s quest
Told her I’d lock the door.

She said “If you don’t let me do
The things that others get,
I’m moving back with my knapsack
And plethoras of pets.

Now, animals are her whole world
To Hollywood she went.
The glitz and fame were not her game.
In zoos her time was spent.

With a degree in husbandry
She came home all grown up
But then she said, “Mom, now instead,
I’m living with my pup...

She fell in lust but it went bust
And she came home to me
I saw her wend around the bend
Alas, what I did see!

With her baggage, an entourage
Of animals in tow
Two great big dogs, husky and dob
“Hello, Mom, we are home!”

Iguanas come with aquariums,
Three snakes, but two were dead..
Then seven cats ~ and “Several rats
For python food,” she said.

With all her stuff, and pets enough
Her trampoline and zoo
Just to be sure, lest Mom need more,
She had Cassandra too.

So that is why, as time went by
My solitude did beckon me
She’s moved out now, but not without
Fulfilling prophecy.

Local Rebel
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since 12-21-1999
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Southern Abstentia

5 posted 02-05-2000 01:36 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

They really aren't 'ours' are they??  Merely guests who come to stay for too short a time...

Very nice introduction!  
Member Empyrean
since 11-16-1999
Posts 31622
Kapolei, Hawaii, USA

6 posted 02-05-2000 04:47 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Wow, this is so wonderfully written with such an understanding and an appreciation for the blessings in your life.   Of course you are going to miss your children that you love so much but this is only a temporary heartache.  They are always with you for your loving heart has bonded you with them forever.  I know that your children know where the love is and will visit often.  And of course there is no end here, only a new and wonderful beginning.  I loved the message here.  James
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7 posted 02-05-2000 09:16 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Welcome to Passions, L.! This is a beautiful, well done poem! I'm there now. It's not really that bad...I talk to them everyday and see them at least once a week. They never really leave 'cause they are still in your life!  

Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA

8 posted 02-05-2000 09:18 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I really enjoyed the message with this one. Welcome to the Passions family  
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