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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Of Wives And Nicknames

Cancer's bad, and the best antidote is humour...in this case, thinking up nicknames for my dear wife.

 I shall now sing a hosanna
to celebrate my marriage luck,
for I am wed to Hambone Hannah,
Reigning Queen Of The Taco Truck.
She's faithful, kind, and gentle,
and cuts the fire-logs;
her faith is fundamental,
and she shares tacos with the dogs,
for they are her chosen fare
(she eats them by the bag),
and when you see her you will stare
for they do not make her figure sag,
so as a nickname, this one's fitter
than her previous, which was Critter.

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is EXPECTATION.

I know what I now must face,
a fell dark expectation,
but I live in a state of grace,
and my heart holds elation
arising not from deep within,
but coming from above,
from the God who is my kin
and when push comes to shove
will be there to take my side
when life just gets too hard,
and I'll confront what will betide
with my Bodyguard
who at my final earthly breath
will take me home, defeating death.

Between five and six minutes. But better finished than not.

Music from Wall Of Voodoo, with 'Mexican Radio'.

Sylvia would rather have ice cream than tacos.



 

31 comments:

  1. So Barb loves tacos? So do I. Next visit.

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  2. I live in a state of grace,
    and my heart holds elation
    arising not from deep within,
    but coming from above,
    That is beautiful!

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  3. This is a key to overcoming, Andrew, "I live in a state of grace, coming from above." That's the only way to live!

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    1. Lisa, you're so right. Learning that I do live in a state of grace required cancer, but it was worth it.

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  4. You are a bright spot for my Fridays, Andrew! I am always inspired by your perseverance, creativity, knack for great poems, and your humor. Thank you! Karen :)

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    1. Karen, wow...and seeing you here is a bright spot for ME!

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  5. Yes, me too. I hope your wife approved the nickname poem. Thank you for the prompt that joy comes from above, rather than within. It is good to be reminded in the busyness of Advent!

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    1. Tish, Barb rolled her eyes, but she does that a lot, living with me.

      It was a hard lesson, learning that joy comes from above, but well worth cancer's pain.

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  6. I hope Barb enjoys the new nickname! I'm sure she does, knowing that it comes from love and affection. Thank you for the beautiful poem about expectation today too - a good reminder to live in the joy from above. Seems to me you do that well. Praying blessings on you today!

    FMF#14

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    1. Kym, she does like it... lucky for me!

      Thank you so much for your affirming words. Blessings back!

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  7. As you are getting deeper into your journey with cancer, have you noticed Andrew that your expectations are growing bigger? it's so interesting to watch your journey. Keep well. Love that lady of yours!

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    1. Annette, yes! Getting closer to the edge of life, I find that I don't expect an abyss, but a glory that makes the Grand Canyon go pale and dim.

      I love Barb too, more than I can say.

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  8. I haven't been on fmf that long, but I sure enjoy your humor. It is definitely the best medicine to combat cancer!

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    1. Teresa, thank you for this... laughter is indeed the best medicine!

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  9. Many of you wonder how I'm doing with this new nickname. Without Andrew's knowing, due to the fever in July and concussions in September, it has connection back to my mother's family.

    My mother's family raised hog, and yes butchered them. So Hambones were for sure boiled. Hannah was my grandmother's name. Reigning Queen, has to do with how my mother's name was spelled in Spanish. And Taco truck my grandmother ys wanted to visit Mexico, which i did at a young age.

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    1. Hambone, thank you for filling in the background...I didn't know any of it (or cannot now recall), but I must have heard God whispering.

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  10. My best to Barb this evening, Andrew! And to you, as well!

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    1. Grams, she does like the nickname...and so does her brother (whom I have dubbed Big Gator).

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  12. (((((Andrew and Barb)))))

    Annie in Texas

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  13. First, Andrew, your Ode to Nicknames for Barb may have made me laugh out loud. Maybe.

    Secondly, your second sonnet holds so much hope. I know the days are hard, but when you write words as beautiful as these, they are deeply encouraging, and they're a reminder to pray. And I continue to do just that for both of you.

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    1. Jeanne, I'm so moved and honoured by your affirmation, and your prayers.

      And so glad that I gave you a laugh!

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  14. The best part of our faith is that we can expect to be saved by Grace!

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    1. Corinne, yes! Salvation by Grace brings eternal light to the darkest days!

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