Tuesday, March 8, 2011

mardi gras memories

i've never been
to new orleans
for mardi gras...

yet i have the best memories
of a fat tuesday celebration
once a month
my girl scout troop
would meet up at
 the greens of lyndhurst
an assisted living facility
where we would entertain
the residents
for the night
each month was a different theme
it seemed only fitting
 that in march
we celebrate mardi gras
we brought beads
and hats and masks...

we sang mardi gras songs
served cupcakes with
a little plastic baby
hidden in each one
sarah was so alive
on these nights
she became the helper
instead of the one
 often being helped
i loved the planning
the creativity
and seeing the smiles
on everyone's
both the young
 and the not so young
and that will always be
my mardi gras memory

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