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For This Gift
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For This Gift

today when I was looking at
my baptism certificate again
after digging for it in my hope chest
I found tucked behind it
in the envelope, the Church newsletter
souvenir of that day in June, l954
with my name listed in the christenings
much in the same format even as those
produced and distributed today
by the same church of my girlhood
where I worship to this day

my heart and soul smiled
in gratitude to Mom, still living across the street
and Dad (who moved to heaven twenty years ago now
but still hears all my confidences)
for this long-ago gift to their fifth and last child
the best I’ve ever received
and I prayed that I’ve honored it well

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Submitted: Monday, October 4, 2004

Last Updated: Saturday, December 30, 2006

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