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Things You Didn’t Put on Your Résumé

How often you got up in the middle of the night
when one of your children had a bad dream,

and sometimes you woke because you thought
you heard a cry but they were all sleeping,

so you stood in the moonlight just listening
to their breathing, and you didn’t mention

that you were an expert at putting toothpaste
on tiny toothbrushes and bending down to wiggle

the toothbrush ten times on each tooth while
you sang the words to songs from Annie, and

who would suspect that you know the fingerings
to the songs in the first four books of the Suzuki

Violin Method and that you can do the voices
of Pooh and Piglet especially well, though

your absolute favorite thing to read out loud is
Bedtime for Frances and that you picked

up your way of reading it from Glynnis Johns,
and it is, now that you think of it, rather impressive

that you read all of Narnia and all of the Ring Trilogy
(and others too many to mention here) to them

before they went to bed and on the way out to
Yellowstone, which is another thing you don’t put

on the résumé: how you took them to the ocean
and the mountains and brought them safely home. – Joyce Sutphen

(from You Tube)

This poem popped up in my email this morning from a daily subscription I receive. The poem, new to me, resonated with my own child raising years and bring to mind my grandchildren’s parents, Katy and Tom, and Jennifer, who sang these words over and over and over again. Perhaps, it will resonate with you in some way as well.

Poem from The Writers Almanac :  “Things You Didn’t Put on Your Résumé” Reproduced from Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems by Joyce Sutphen by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Forthcoming October 2019 with the University of Nebraska Press.

Bedtime from Francis as seen on Amazon.

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Tribune Media Services Inc., Via Associated Press An early rendering of Little Orphan Annie and her canine companion, Sandy.

One of the first movies Jennifer saw as a little girl was Annie. Jennifer, my mom, and I took off on a Saturday afternoon, leaving baby Katy with her daddy, and headed to the Hillside Theater.

My mother loved reading the Orphan Annie comic strip in the “funnies”  as a youngster and later listened to Annie’s adventures play out on the radio. She didn’t get to the movies often so jumped at the chance to see Annie with Jennifer and me. She and Jennifer were close. They were soul mates from the very beginning. Both quiet and comfortable just being with each other – no questions asked.

The Hillside Theater, though no longer in its prime, was still a good spot for seeing first run features. In its hey day, it was a premier movie house in the western suburbs. Just off of the Eisenhower Expressway,  it’s neon marquee lights glowed down the Ike and could be seen from our house, miles away, when growing up in Maywood. The first movie I saw there was It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Many more followed over the years. Tom and I had an early date there. I don’t remember what we saw. What I do remember was the sing-a-long before the feature started with the words on the screen and a bouncing ball indicating what to sing and the ushers all encouraging us, running up and down the aisles, waving their arms in the air. This wasn’t a nickelodeon – a silent movie –  it was the early 70’s and it was silly fun with coffee and cookies during the intermission.

By the time the three of us were seeing Annie, the Hillside Theater had seen better days and was starting to look a little worn. New theaters with multi features showing at the same time were taking over. It was still a good place to catch a movie, so, off we went, parked the car, and walked to the entrance with Jennifer holding hands between us. My mother loved it, but Jennifer, well, Jennifer wanted to be Annie; would I let her dye her hair red, could she have a locket, could she get a dog and name it Sandy?

She was Orphan Annie for Halloween that year, red wig and mary janes, and the soundtrack album was a Christmas gift. She memorized the words to “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and begged to visit the Chrysler building. There were albums with stories of Annie and Sandy that were played over and over again. Jennifer has seen the stage play numerous times and I’m just guessing when it hits the stage again in a few years, we will be singing along with Annie and Daddy Warbucks.

All this to say, sadly, that “Annie ” will no longer be a syndicated comic strip. It is rather sad as Annie’s message of hope and optimism in the midst of “a hard knock life” should be a beacon of hope in the times we live in. Her spunky attitude and endearing spirit won the hearts of Americans 85 years ago when first she hit the funny pages. Technology and the internet, and 24 hour news coverage has changed the course of newspapers and animated cartoon features have replaced the daily comic strip. It makes me a little sad to see Annie/aka Orphan Annie put to rest. Leapin’ lizards, what’s this world coming to with no good comic strips?

We’ll see, there is always tomorrow . . .

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