23-B by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, the letter of focus is B.

B is for Ballet and ballet shoes.

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As a young girl, I took ballet lessons, even took part in a ballet recital. I was terrible and really was never graceful. I can remember hiding after my brother let me off one day, so that I wouldn’t have to go to a lesson.

I wore little slippers, nothing like the ballet slippers that ballerinas use to go en pointe.

I felt the quote fit the torture many ballerinas must go through – the hours of practice, the pain, the bruises, the intense discipline.

Yet, when you watch a ballet, you cannot help but be enthralled by the effortless beauty of the ballerinas., their skill,  and their passion.

22-W by Beverly

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W is for Weddings

A I worked on an art challenge for Sunday Postcard Art last week whose theme was “June Brides”, I thought about the two women and two weddings depicted in the card.

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I used photos of my mother and myself, on the day of our weddings – 52 years apart.

My mother’s wedding gown has a glorious long train and a veil that was borrowed.

My mother was only 21, embarking on a marriage to a widower with a young son. It would be a challenge at times. There would be four other children – two boys and two girls.

At age 50, I was marrying for the second time and I so wanted to look and feel like a princess.

We were blending two families – each of us with three children. We became a real “Brady” bunch.

There will be many weddings in the months ahead. My own daughter will marry in August and she has asked me to walk her down the aisle – what an honour.

May all these brides experience the “love, laughter and happily ever after” that I have.

 

 

22 S by Bevely

S is for Spring

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S is for Spring – which has finally made a permanent presence here in South Western Ontario. With  snow and ice late in April and still some frost warnings even last week, I despaired of ever seeing Spring.

But there are now flowers growing in gardens, magnolia trees blossoming and grass growing so long, it is needing its second mowing.

For me, spring means a farewell to winter finally and a time for warmer weather. Here’s a poem I wrote using a common form:

Here’s a tribute to spring as we say goodbye to winter:

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
Goodbye to winter coats and boots
Hello to jackets and runners

Goodbye to frigid temperatures and snow
Hello to warmer weather and rain

Goodbye to slipping and sliding on ice
Hello to sloshing and stamping in rain puddles

Goodbye to furnaces and closed up houses
Hello to windows flung open

New life, green grass, mud and sun – welcome spring.

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Flowers though, are my true favourites. Here to provide a touch of beauty are a few flowers growing in our gardens.

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I was finally able to put out my hanging baskets and planters. Last to plant will be the tomatoes and peppers – maybe next week.

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But it does mean dandelions – I spend at least an hour today getting rid of them from our lawn. I am still sore!

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The days will get warmer, more flowers will bloom and summer will soon be here. I plan to enjoy Spring now that it has really arrived.