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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer


Itís a special time
for just the two of us, Lord.
Private victories
the world need never know.
Together, we bask in
in the smug rapture spawned
from fruition
of a significant event.
Thus, here we areó
with burgers and fries,
playground sand in our shoes,
a stack of library books,
three favorite videos,
a bag of M&Ms,
and a list of further sybaritic delights
in which we plan to indulge ourselves.
Today we are enjoying life to its fullest,
honoring its richness,
commemorating several of its finest hours.
Itís a mother-child moment
to remember forever
in our cherished mental scrapbook of life.

From A New Motherís Prayers (Pocket Books, 1989 and 1996; Loyola Press, 2004).
Used here with permission.

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




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Right there with you! Wonderful images.
Posted 01/08/2024 12:16 PM
"Private victories the world need never know." Great poem! Thanks to you, and your son, for sharing these gifts.
Posted 01/08/2024 11:36 AM
Thank you for sharing this. And thank you to your son for helping make the YDP site possilbe.
Posted 01/07/2024 09:09 PM
michael escoubas:
Can life be any better than this? Sweetest memories ever are memories such as these.
Posted 01/07/2024 07:27 PM
Wonderful poem. Thank you for share a little of your family with us.
Posted 01/07/2024 06:22 PM
What a fun birthday celebration! I know the feelingjust last week, my nephew was toddler, and now he's a husband, father, and homeowner! Time goes so quickly!
Posted 01/07/2024 05:04 PM
This is such a lovely poem, Jayne. Thanks for sharing it.
Posted 01/07/2024 03:48 PM
I love your poem, Jane, every detail about it says love.
Posted 01/07/2024 02:57 PM
This is wonderful, Jane! I need to focus on those moments more, as I share them with my grandsons. Thanks for the reminder.
Posted 01/07/2024 01:36 PM
Stephen Anderson:
Too often we may tend to overlook, forget what were and are cherished memories of the richness of family relationships, but youve hooked a dandy one here and given it a spotlight in this poem!
Posted 01/07/2024 01:35 PM
Sybaritic is mentioned a lot in these comments, but Im weighing in to tell you Im on a mission to recognize the sybaritic pleasures that surround me. Beautiful memory, beautiful poem.
Posted 01/07/2024 01:33 PM
I looked up the word sybaritic and discovered it describes me.
Posted 01/07/2024 01:02 PM
I appreciate you sharing this special time, Jayne. Thank you
Posted 01/07/2024 12:45 PM
Fun. Love sybaritic delights. Never heard that word.
Posted 01/07/2024 12:34 PM
Lori Levy:
Love all the joy in this poem. Happy Birthday to your talented son!
Posted 01/07/2024 11:33 AM
Wilda Morris:
And happy birthday, John. Have a blessed year.
Posted 01/07/2024 08:41 AM
Wilda Morris:
"Mental scrapbook" - oh, yes! A precious time.
Posted 01/07/2024 08:40 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Often, my mental scrapbook is missing some pages, but physical scrapbooks, notebooks, photos, and journals help fill in what used to be on those pages.
Posted 01/07/2024 08:19 AM
Just love the mental scrapbook line .It brought so many moments back to me from my rather tattered mental scrapbook. Beautiful ,Jayne . Thank you
Posted 01/07/2024 08:12 AM
Joan Luther:
What a joy!!
Posted 01/07/2024 07:39 AM
Delightful, Jayne!
Posted 01/07/2024 05:08 AM

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