The Two Helen Leatherwoods

Helen Leatherwood

There are two of us in our family

I am a Junior of sorts

Though I don’t have Marie

as my middle name

The two Helen Leatherwoods

have a few things in common:

a love of literature

a deeply spiritual side

a passion for learning

a left-leaning political persuasion

a deep interest in helping others

a profound love of family

an ardent belief in human rights and equality

an openness to all people

a love of heartfelt conversation

a desire to travel

a love of laughter

My mother once told me that

nothing made her happier than

seeing her kids laughing together

I understand that completely and agree

She also told me something

that I now say to my own kids,

“I’d like you even if you weren’t my child.”

With that in mind, let me say,

“Helen Leatherwood, Senior

I would like you even if you were not my mother.”

Here’s to our happy memories together

Happy birthday, Mom

May light perpetual shine upon you

The two Helen Leatherwoods

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sarah Fine says:

    I enjoyed your tribute poem, Len. April 26th is my Dad’s birthday. I started to think about how we are alike. Thank you!

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