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green bananas

it was their second home
and my first
pink flamingo stucco
Los Angeles of early ’50’s

dad had brought home the
beginning of
the promise in the
small, small
plant
oversized leaves of
split green
already seeking,
“we’ll grow our own….”

not knowing time
took time to
time the
growth

later, many, many years later
driving down the street
we had abandoned for
smaller towns and
better lives,

he mused over a memory,
of not having one thousand dollars
to invest in a development project
for a high rise that had
mushroomed some south of
our old flamingo pink stucco home

“we could have been well off…”

unaware of his wise-ness,
brown hands having planted
a pledge, in the now tall banana plant
that, as we turned the corner
onto our old street

bore large green curved banana clusters

a promise well kept.

© Copyright 2001 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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This is so cool...I remember those houses.  Great images and lessons.
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Very nicely written, Karilea!
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Enjoyed reading this Sunshine...James
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Thanks for the memory...got any more today?  Pushing my luck?  Never hurts to ask, loved this Karilea.

~*~ Remember to tell someone today that you love them ~*~

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Karilea~
I enjoyed your reminisce ...

The title gave me a REAL smile -

Last year I sent my 88 year old Aunt Jewel a big box of gifts, about a week before Christmas, with clear instructions
DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS !

Three days later I called her to make certain the box had arrived ...
She started thanking me for each gift,
describing what each one meant to her -
When I chided her for opening them BEFORE CHRISTMAS -
She said, "Honey, I'm 88 ! I don't buy green bananas !"
I had never heard that comment before -
but now it carries special meaning !

So thank you for reminding me of Aunt Jewel.
I'm smiling big time ... and going offline to give her a call !
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~



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Like Marge I enjoyed the reflections on the family past!

I did get quite a chuckle at Marge's response about her 88 yr old Aunt Jewell and the green bananas!  heh he heh!
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Thank you, each and every one, for reading...and Marge?  A terrific story of your grandmother's comment....it fits this piece so very well....
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A story well told.
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You caught my breath.
 
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