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"Butter Mints"

Sharing Stories

Butter Mints

A bowl full of butter mints

dyed in lovely pastel tints

remind me of wedding and baby showers,

and cakes decorated with flowers.

The promise that a union brings

with the exchange of wedding rings.

Gifts galore, silly games.

Books full of baby names.

All the excitement and hopeful joy

of welcoming a girl or a boy.

Oh, those memories from way back when…

Now I want to go to a shower again!

Lauretta E. Hertel is a born-and-raised Washingtonian who has enjoyed many years of being a nanny and is looking forward to dedicating more time to writing and photography in her retirement.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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