Fridge Ink

Strolling through the WordPress Reader, I came upon Whimsygizmo’s post for today (a link to it is below.) I give her credit for coming up with this brilliant idea of “magnetic poetry.”  After reading her wonderful poem to her mother, written via those little fridge magnets that are actually words, I had to do so myself.  Here is my magnetic tribute to my mother, Eunice King, who was known for the last 70+ years of her life as Pat Dykstra. This picture of her was taken a few years after her marriage to my dad and ten years before my birth.

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Happy Mother’s Day to you, Pat, and to all of those who have furthered your influence in my life. Even if they aren’t mothers, they certainly helped me give birth to creativity.

Now, I hope you go see Whimsygizmo’s magnetic tribute to her mother here.

I challenge all who read this who sport those magnets on their refrigerators to do the same. Take a photo of your poem and post them in your blogs.  Be sure to send a link to the magnetic poem in your blog to me and to Whimsygizmo via comments!  

 

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

16 thoughts on “Fridge Ink

    1. lifelessons Post author

      My oldest sister was 11 years older than me and my middle sister 4 years older, so she had help. I think mothering was a lot easier then. We lived across the street from the school and one block from the high school. By the time I was 16, I was driving myself everywhere I needed to go. They were pretty relaxed parents and we lived in a tiny town. Kids vanished in the morning, came home for lunch and dinner and then vanished again until bedtime…Another living experience entirely from modern day. And my mom was less delicate by the time I grew up, then turned delicate again when I graduated from high school.

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      1. lifelessons Post author

        Generally so. I always wanted more activity and we spent most of our time reading in my family. No TV until I was 11 and then only one station. So, lots of playing outside, playing paper dolls and school and cops and robbers and ditch ’em. Bike riding. Small town so not many safety rules.. We pretty much went where we wanted to. I was always dying to get out in the world…went to college in another state so I’d meet new people. My folks understood this and were pretty good at giving me my freedom. I had a district office in my MYF and when I was in high school I’d drive all over the state–many times alone. That was a pretty remarkable thing for them to let me do.

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      2. Relax...

        I grew up in a post-war blue collar/navy yard abutting city of much ethic diversity close to the harbor’s old red light district, so you may be surprised to hear that my childhood was similar! Those were the days, my friend! I got called in only for chores and supper (my mom employed a cardboard megaphone out the front window of the second story.. usually, all my friends heard her before I did. 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I don’t know what I did with the ones I had in the states. I think the ones on my fridge in Mexico were a gift from someone… or maybe I got them during a trip back to the states. I found out afterwards that the gal who did the original one used an app. So, you don’t have to have the real fridge magnets to present the illusion of writing a poem with them.

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  1. anitalubesh

    That was really lovely. I was just talking about a site I used to go to when I first joined the ‘net many moon ago. I cannot find anything that uses a magnetic type prompt. I found it really challenging and highly enjoyable to do.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know… I’m really looking forward to good talks with you as well. No one really understands this blogging thing unless they do it themselves!!!You have such an incredible memory. I can’t believe how many stories you have to tell and so enjoyable. Your approach is very clever–with the little Murdo girl and “the Lady.”

      I love that picture of my mom, too, and have some others of her as well that I love.

      Don’t change your mind about coming to Murdo. I’d be so disappointed… J

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, KL. I think most do it with an app. I learned that after I did it with the real magnets… But I love to write with limitations and so it was fun to just have to use the word I actually had on my fridge.

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