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November 26, 2008

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Jennifer,
I am no doubt swept up in the emotions of Wimpy Wednesday, but am moved to tell you how much I simply enjoy the heck out of your posts. I have no clue who you are except for your words, but I know you're funny and lovely. That image of you, "babes in arms," perusing various poem drafts on the living room floor could've come straight out of my life, or many of our lives. I used to sit on the end of the bed writing in a notebook on my lap while one (either) of my daughters sat on my shoulders playing with my hair and watching 'Arthur.' Why can't you, and a number of others who post on the BAP site, live down the street from me? Why can't we all have a Thanksgiving party? I'm going over to Mitch's blog now and tell him how much I love his possum poem. Thanks for this. "Fast gold sofa" indeed!

Jennifer,

This is a lovely poem, getting fatter as it goes on, just as we all do as Thanksgiving day progresses. I can almost empathize; my being born two hours after St. Patrick's Day did not deter my parents when my birthday came around each year. I shared it with an elderly aunt over corned beef and cabbage, which I despise to this day. I finally wised up and asked for spaghetti instead. At least there was always chocolate cake. Irish luck indeed.

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks so much for these notes, they made me very happy. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Jim, I love the kids watching Arthur while you write image. And fast gold sofa is my favorite part too. Thank you.

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