Mountain Mama Mamie mostly gives us advice,
Even though she’s weeded a row more than once or twice.
She oversees our labors and wants to push a plow;
But Richard says, at ninety, she should leave that to him now.
We’re pleased that she will teach us although we’re city slickers;
There’s only so much we can learn from textbooks and pictures .
She says her gardening days are over, while ours have just begun;
But working without Mamie isn’t nearly as much fun.
What could be better than sharing the wonders of growing
The plowing, the planting, the tending, and the sowing?
Unless it’s the joys of cooking, tasting and canning --
All the late summer events that we’re planning.