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” Monkey Business”‘  photo (c) Jennifer MacNeill

Artistic Interpretations with Margaret –

“The Collector” through the lens of Jennifer MacNeill

http://jmacneillphotography.com/

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Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries

are some of the occasions in which

 gift giving occurs.  

Most of us have certain belongings

we cherish, not for their financial value,

but for the memories they evoke.  

A few of us have gotten rid of things

for the opposite reason. ..

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We all display about our homes

a few of our favorite things,

but what happens when we

discard them or well,

they “outlive” us?

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At

the top

of the attic

stair well

on a shelf

Grandma’s toys 

for all to see. 

I wonder,

when I visit

that house,

with everything

still in it’s place,

what

grandma  was like

as a little girl.

No one seems

to   know

or if they do

what is the

SECRET

no one will

talk about

even

now ?

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Her

Photos

sort of look

like a neat

and prim

me…

ha !

THAT

will be the

DAY

neat and

Prim

ME

!

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Her toys,

so clean

after all these years.

Were they loved

and carefully

played

with?

and

not

for 

show ?

Maybe

gifts

that

needed

to be

fussed over

when the

“giver”

visited.

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Did grandma

have names

for them

…. talk to them

like they were

her

children

and call

“goodnight

to them

at bed time.

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The monkey

has no music to play ?

Did the music sound

like noise and

annoy her mother

and disappear.

 Or a sibling

hide the music box

and

it was

never

thought of

to be found again.

Family mystery …

what grandma

was like

when she was young.

Sadness

overwhelms  me

when I think

that I only knew

grandma

when she was old

and cranky.

Her photos

show a neat young girl,

with wavy hair

pulled back in a ribbon…

and a pretty smile.

I

wonder ~

if she ever

climbed a tree

or got dirty and dusty

playing like

other kids.

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Toys on a shelf.

Like that was

their life.

Show pieces

not play pieces.

I

wonder.

Always there,

it seems

and kept

for the ages ~

if back in the day

grandma

ever made up a  

story,

just for herself,

about her

toys on a shelf ~

to give them

each a life.

The toys

aren’t talking.

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“MuM” ‘s the word.

“Monkey Business”

 the name of the game

 families play

 instead of

“I’ve got a Secret”

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the imaginary garden with real toads

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