Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kisses for Momma

My sister, Susie and I used to spend a week with our grandparents each summer and I remember even though we had tons of fun, we both always got homesick for momma. Poppa and Grandma lived only a block from the railroad tracks. Each day several trains would come through town. If they were south bound towards Newport the two of us would blow kisses as the train went by and whisper softly "kisses for momma, kisses for momma".

A few years ago Susie surprised me with the following poem and I will cherish it forever. Thanks Sis for the memories:

Kisses for Momma

It was a game my sis and I played,
While in bed, right where we laid.
There we waited for that lonesome cry,
Of the whistle on the train, that would soon be by.

When we felt the rumble so close and nearby,
We covered our mouths with our hands and then let them fly.
"Kisses for momma! Kisses for momma"!
We'd both whisper, as soft as can be,
Because Grandma and Poppa were trying to sleep.

Each summer we went, eager to see,
Grandma and Poppa-sweet as could be.
Our days were so fun, full and free,
Cause we could do most, whatever we pleased.

But we still missed momma, especially at night,
And we couldn't wait to turn out the light.
We eagerly waited for the sound of that train,
And sent out our kisses to momma again.
"Kisses for momma, Kisses for Momma"


Leigh Ann said...

Oh my word! This is about the sweetest thing I have EVER read! I can so relate because I would go see my grandparents for a week each summer and would also get so homesick for my mom. I think if I would have had the idea to send kisses to her, I would have felt better. I'm serious...this is SO SO sweet! Did you ever tell your mom you did this? If you did, I bet it warmed her heart like nothing else! I'm all teary now!

Cortney said...

One of my most favorite stories ever. I'm so glad you posted it. Love you...

MiMi said...

That has to be one of the sweetest things I have ever read! Susie really has a gift of writing poetry, too! You are blessed to have such a wonderful sister AND Momma!

Susie said...

Bec, I can't believe you put this on your blog!!!! I think you should have added one of those great black and whites of us standing out in front of grandma and papas house. Love ya lots!!

Heidi Zawisza said...

That is soooo sweet, and the picture is adorable!
Btw...I like your new background!

Betsy said...

That was such a sweet poem, Becky!! I loved it. I got a little teary eyed reading it. I used to stay at my grandparent's house every summer, too, and have such sweet and simple memories from there. Plus, I love the sound of a train at night. There is just something comforting and haunting about it to me.

I bet your mother was so touched to know that you did that. So, so sweet!

Brandi said...

I am officially the biggest crybaby. That made me not just tear up, but sob! So sweet!!

Jacquie said...

I admit to the tears, too! I love this post!!!! I agree - I hope your mom knows about this.

It reminded me of when I was about 8, my sister and I got to vacation with my cousin's family at the Colorado River. We'd go skiing every day, and sometimes when I'd see the back of my Uncle's head while he was driving the boat, I'd get a homesick feeling for my Dad.

You're now in the time of your life where you're creating sweet memories with your grandbabies! How sweet is that?