Chagrin Falls, Ohio

The first few notes of Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life played softly while seated in a high wing-back chair…feet covered in wool….hot-chocolate for kids…come in from a day of throwing snowballs and sledding down a hill….seemed like Mount Everest…

Wild-eyed youth….laughing in the kitchen where a young mom dashes dark heat with fluffy clouds floating atop…black and white photos adorn yellowed walls of a home built in 1860…pioneers heading west….soothing wandering spirits….Some thing’s never change….

Hardwood floors squeak….needing to be fine -tuned….cracked paint…cherry and oak burn in the fire-place….cut in the summer months with an ax handed down from generation to generation…..snowflakes falling in moonlight outside a window where man and wife will later lay…exhausted…..naked…..under blankets…quilts among quilts…..

She rests her head of chestnut brown locks on his round belly…. whispers occasionally …content with blessings bestowed upon them….love…a peace…an understanding….

A new day……. people are walking on Main Street…waving to each other….the mailman says hello to the Mrs….carrying letters….. bags from boys over seas….fighting The Good War…..making the granddad who fought in The  War To End All Wars…..proud…very proud……  tin is collected and church-bake sales abound on Saturday afternoons……little red wagons are filled….

The Army/Navy game plays on the tavern’s radio sitting high above on a shelf next to a small wooden pixie; bringing luck while men with thick mustaches and brimmed hats drink schooners of beer with salt for fizz…..

Come-on boys…ram it down their throats, an old timer says………veterans from both sides scream-out for their teams….no-one hears them….maybe no-one ever did…..

It is another November day in Chagrin Falls, Ohio……Turkeys will be shot soon…..


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