The table was always
with pretty linen and
three sets of pigtails
for love and care
ashtrays were fixtures,
but laps in the pool
would offset inhaling –
years later, those clear-
they loved and laughed
into their ninth decade,
but the secret remained
a mystery, until…
with a wink and a smile,
it was said to be
the olive in the martini
Lauren Scott © 2018
25 thoughts on “Five O’clock”
Thanks so much, Priya! 🌻
Thanks, Andrew! My parents were fortunate to have had a great, long life, especially, after enjoying all good things. 🙂
Fond memories captured years later with love and respect.
It’s always nice to return to those early days, so thanks for your kind words, Ben. I wish my parents were still around. It’s still surreal, losing both of them…
Oh yes, some of those treasures are with us for a long time but eventually leave or have to be discarded reluctantly. 🙂
They enjoyed their cigarettes, and of course, smoking was a common and cool thing back in the day. But, they gave it up eventually, which we were all thankful for. It’s funny to think of the days where ashtrays were a common component in accessorizing the house. 🙂
Yes I can remember negotiating a cloud of smoke when I did my army compulsory training at age 18. I’m glad its not that way now.
A delightful poem, Lauren. Love those last lines!
Hope you have a great Mother’s Day. ❤️ Sending hugs!
Thanks, Betty, it’s always fun to reminisce. My Mother’s Day was very special, and I hope you had a special day, too. Sending lots of love and many hugs up north. 🙂 xoxo
Thanks Lauren – sending love and hugs back to you! Glad you had a great Mother’s Day. 😊❤️🌸
Those last 3 lines brought me a smile, Lauren.
Love the poem,
I’m glad those last lines made you smile, Eric. We’d ask Dad now and then what the secret is to their long, healthy life, and that’s what he would say. 🙂 Of course, no one in our family drinks martinis, so we better step it up in some other way! Thanks, my friend, and have a great Monday!
Lauren, I’m smiling at your last lines, a feeling of light and joy with their martinis and not forgetting the olives! 😀 You paint a picture of a close loving relationship, long together, of the everyday merging to create a very special life. Beautifully written and thank you for sharing! Hugs xx ❤️
Your comments always have a poetic sound to them, Annika. Thank you, and yes, those were great days and decades, and now, they’re fond memories, yet still wishing my parents were still around in the physical sense. As I mentioned to Eric, though, no one in our family drinks martinis, so hopefully, we’ll still live long, healthy lives without those olives. 🙂 Thanks again for your lovely words, my friend. Big hugs and lots of love to you! 💕🌼
A nice tribute to your parents.
“Three sets of pigtails” is a lovely way to describe who’s at the table 🙂 🙂
Thanks, Christy! Such great memories that warm the heart. 🙂 💕
So beautiful and full of memories! Like Christy I love the three sets of pigtails line too. 😊 Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day! Xoxo 💕🌼🍀
Thanks, Sarah, and those pigtails are likable, aren’t they? 😉 I had a wonderful Mother’s Day, and I’m sure you spoiled your mom, too. Lots of love, and have a great weekend! ❤🌼🌱🕊
We did spent a lovely Mother’s Day together! 😄 Have a beautiful weekend dear friend! xoxo 😊💓💓💓
That’s great to hear! We miss our moms so much, sometimes wishing to go back in time…xoxo
If only that were possible… Lots of love, dear Lauren! xoxoxo 💖