Grandma's Recipe

A warm and even oven set, you're ready to begin

By mixing, in the largest vat, the following; putting in -

A quart of fun and laughter to each bushel filled with love;

Gallons of time for encouragement; praise for effort above.

Add cups of songs and stories and a pinch of nonsense, too;

Conversation, that grows with age, binds together your brew.

Use a tender ear to listen to the problems of the day;

Your interest is the ingredient that must not go astray.

Patience pays off in this mix; a hug will smooth and impart

Grandma's special recipe - the recipe of her heart.

Joan Adams Burchell