I suppose you’ll be a mite surprised to get this little line.
Haven’t written you in ‘most a year, could say I’m busy most all the time.
That’s the same old alibi, It’s practically worn out.
The reason is, I’m lazy, and don’t know what to write about.
We’re all well and feeling fine. We hope you are the same.
We’re coming out to see you, want to borrow your quilting frames,
And your curtain stretchers, too, I suppose. It’s house cleaning time again.
We would like to get some fertile eggs, and borrow a sitting hen.
Say, Mom, is Dad’s old auger home? We have to build some fence.
We have a couple of leaky faucets. Could we take your monkey wrench?
I’ll need a hammer and a saw and a pound or two of spikes.
Can’t find the tools I used to have, I never seen the like.
And about that hundred bucks I got. I want to pay you back.
Expenses keep on piling up. Works getting awful slack.
Mom, you’ve got me worried some, living down there all alone,
No one to look about you. Say, why don’t you sell your home?
And live around among the boys, there’s Amos, Shep and Lee.
If you don’t like living with them, just come and live with me.
We’ll put junior in the attic. You can have his room alone,
Unless the kids bring all their kids and every one comes home.
There’s times I get to reminiscing about my boyhood days down home.
Especially your roast pork and dressing, served with tender sweet corn porn.
And I ain’t forgot your pumpkin pies, your buckwheat cakes and spreads.
Say, my mouth just goes to drooling when I think of your fresh bread.
Oh boy, but that was eating, with chicken or fried ham,
Or covered up with gravy, or just plain old bread and jam.
Yes sir mom I want to thank you for everything you did.
To me it seems a pity a man can’t stay a kid.
But eventually we all grow up and start out on our own.
One tragic part of living is, we neglect the folks down home.
I’m sure coming out to see you. Look for me most any time.
And perhaps you’ll find the words I Love You, are woven through these homely rhymes.
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