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  • Grandma's kitchen, warm with the fragrance of wood smoke and coffee and bacon, welcomed everyone. The table stood ready to expand, growing long enough to seat all who came to eat. Although my dad complained that Grandma was a terrible cook, I loved everything she made, even, or maybe especially, the fallen chocolate cake with its lopsided shape and dense, rubbery line of sweetness running through the center.

    Ah, but the one place better than Grandma's kitchen was Grandma's lap, soft and enveloping. How many grandchildren had she held in her arms, I wondered? My dad was the youngest of nine children, so the number of offspring might be higher than I could count. Still, she held me with untiring tenderness and I stroked the soft wrinkly folds of her upper arm while she sang my favorite lullaby.

    Baby's boat's the silver moon,
    Sailing in the sky,
    Sailing o'er the sea of sleep,
    While the clouds float by.
    Sail, baby, sail,
    Out upon that sea,
    Only don't forget to sail
    Back again to me.
  • The snapshot celebrates Mr. & Mrs. Pogue's 50th wedding anniversary
    Music by Tom Fahy, Op 6 No 12, from Free Music Archive
    Lullaby (The Slumber Boat) lyrics by Alice C.D. Riley, published 1898
    Go to this address to hear a 1914 recording of The Slumber Boat: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/3963/
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