The Good Ole Days

Today’s slice is inspired by Writing With Ralph Lesson 1.

Sometimes I remember
the good ole days

Packing towels and sunscreen,
ham sandwiches, Mikesells potato chips, and Twinkies

The four of us piling into
the station wagon

Driving for an hour
to Uncle Walter's barn

Dad messing with antique boat
while David and I explored 
years of dust and treasures
hidden in the wooden structure

Hooking up the Chris Craft
and pulling it to the causeway

Mom backing the car down,
dad guiding Bubba in
and driving him to the dock

Mom holding the boat
at the edge of the bobbing dock
while we unloaded the day's supplies

Dad driving the car with the trailer bouncing,
dripping with water to the parking lot

Starting the boat and embarking on the water
Finally ready for a day on the lake

I still can't imagine
anything better than that.
 

4 thoughts on “The Good Ole Days

  1. This is so vivid! These lines in particular evoked strong images for me: “Mom holding the boat/at the edge of the bobbing dock/while we unloaded the day’s supplies/Dad driving the car with the trailer bouncing,/dripping with water to the parking lot”, but I loved the whole poem. It sounds like you have special memories of being out in the boat with your family!

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  2. I love Ralph Fletcher! He’s a great writer and mentor. Your post took me back to childhood – I could smell the Coppertone and taste the salty chips, and the Twinkies! Gracious, it’s been forever since I had one of those. All the images are so clear. This is my favorite:
    Dad messing with antique boat
    while David and I explored
    years of dust and treasures
    hidden in the wooden structure

    I so wanted to be exploring, too. Lovely work.

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  3. Your wonderful descriptive words — bobbing, bouncing, dripping — enabled me to see your adventure so well. Very nice memory! 🙂 ~JudyK

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