Poem: First Time For Everything - By Brenda Arledge

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  1. Misbah786 profile image84
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Please read Brenda's beautiful and heart-touching response to her own word prompt, 'first.'

    Here's the link: https://hubpages.com/literature/Poem-Fi … Everything

    Thank you!

    1. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hello, Bredz.

      I enjoyed reading all of your lovely and heartfelt poems, especially 'Using Man's Tools.' Thank you very much for sharing. Ron must be happy to see you growing in courage and strength. I understand that doing such things may bring up memories of him, but he must be smiling down on you from heaven. Take care, my dear friend.

      Lots of love, hugs, and Blessings. smile

      1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
        Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I appreciate your kind thoughts 
        I hope he is proud of me.

        This road isn't easy...i didn't vision all the problems I'm having.  But i suppose it's just the devil trying to influence my ways.
        He's not winning.

        Only are plans are succeeding.

        I get stronger with each push.

        Live ya gal...

        1. Misbah786 profile image84
          Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          God bless you! smile

    2. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Misbah for sharing this one


  2. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Hey Brenda, I love these pieces, especially ‘Using Man’s Tools’ and ‘Old School Manners.’ Many tools aren’t as easy to use as people think…especially for a first timer. Thank the Lord we have Google and You Tube now. I am sure Ron is looking down, amused at your initial confusion but proud of your persistence and eventual mastery.

    Thank you for sharing, Misbah.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks John...
      It has been a bit trying as I learn to do new things, but Ron knew I could handle it.

      He had alot more confidence than I have now.

      My air conditioning quit yesterday on the hottest day of the year..so  far...which leaves me asking...how much more I can handle.
      Yet I know it willl all work out because he wants me & the kittys to be here..
      One day at a time & don't panic.

      I'm glad you liked these...although my I had planned on writing something different, my muse had a mind off its own.

  3. RozlinMohsin profile image60
    RozlinMohsinposted 2 years ago

    Great response to word prompt, first, dear Brenda. I enjoyed reading your poems, old school manners and using Man's tools. When we are put into trials, we learn a lot. Patience, courage , persistent are the keys to unlock success. I am glad you are winning in and through your hard times. Keep doing your best and the best will come back to you.
    Thank you Misbah for sharing Brenda's hub.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Rozlin...
      Doing the best one can is all that any can ask. .or do.

      I know everything will fall into place.

      The neighborhood kids have voted me the best neighbor... Lol.

      So I must be doing something right.

      Glad you enjoyed these.

  4. Pamela99 profile image87
    Pamela99posted 2 years ago

    You have been through a huge adjustments, and you excellent poems reflect some of those difficult challenges. I really enjoyed each of the poems. I especially liked "Using Man's Tools".

    I have wondered what I would do at times without my husband as there are many things I have never done before.

    Thank you for posting Brenda's poems, Misbah.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.

      I didn't even think about having to use tools.  I guess I thought I would have someone else to help me...but there's no one but me.

      I'm certain there is a purpose, for God usually has a way of teaching me things I'm going to need.

      The list is countless. .i know how to caulk, how to patch minor holes, use a weed eater, operate a zero turn, etc....
      I think I am constantly learning ....and at my age.  Who would have thought it possible??

      Guess ya can teach an old dog new tricks.

    2. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 24 months agoin reply to this

      I'm behind schedule now with mowing the yard and tackling a few things with that drill.
      I hope i can get them finished, but I've been on light duty with my right hand since heart cath.

      Just my luck...I'm right handed.

      Guess i needed a break

  5. ChitrangadaSharan profile image90
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 2 years ago

    Hello Brenda!
    Excellent response to the word prompt, First!
    I liked the flow of your emotions, which eventually resulted in beautiful poetry!
    Old school manners is particularly relatable! There are ceratain things, done easily by men, while there are other things, easily done by women! Both compliment each other, and in the absence of any one of them, life needs to be readjusted!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!
    Thsnks to Misbah too!

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Life definitely is getting readjusted.

      We are so set in our ways.  I honestly believe God broke the mold when he made both of us.

      When my air was out...I found out the actions of others don't meet what Ron & I would do.. we were raised in a different era.  One which I wish this world would go back to living.

      So glad you enjoyed these writes. 
      I am smiling.  Life is good.
      One day at a time.

      No one else seems to live the way we do.

  6. surovi99 profile image84
    surovi99posted 2 years ago

    Thanks Brenda for your beautiful collection of poems based on the prompt, "First". They were both touching and uplifting, showing us how to try anything new and gradually become adept at them. I am sure Ron is smiling from above, proud of you. Let us know when you win the lottery and tell us how you feel.

    Thanks, Misbah, for sharing Brenda's fantastic work.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I've been in this lottery drawing every week since May, but they haven't called my name yet.

      I still have a few more weeks...so I am still hopeful.

      We learn new things everyday...I'm sure you do too.

      Life has a way of pushing us in the right direction.

      I just hope i can get through this heat wave...4 says so far and more storms on the way today.

  7. Diana Lee profile image80
    Diana Leeposted 2 years ago

    I can relate well to this poem. Come December will make 8 years gone since I lost my husband Bill. Many first encounters for me have come and gone. A different way of life living by myself, but I found I can do it. My brother, Darryl became my fix it man when absolutely necessary. And taking a jar a half mile down the road for him to open for me was common.  Sadly, I lost him, too, a couple years ago. Guess, if we live long enough, we will lose many loved ones along the way. i thank God every day, I still have my kids and grandkids to come to my aid. And good neighbors certainly make a huge difference. I couldn't be still living on this mountain without them.
    Brenda, my thoughts are with you as you grab many of your first along the way. I hope you win the lottery. So sorry Ron can't be here to share your fortune. I know he has your back for whatever comes next.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Diana,
      Sorry you know this pain.

      I suppose I could ask a neighbor, but I usually don't.

      I've found ways to open a jar by using a spoon to pry the lid.

      I wish Ron was here to share my fortune...no matter how small or large it might be.

      We loved traveling & had a few places yet to go.  Maybe one day, but for now I'm satisfied being home with the fur babies.

      They are adjusting too.

      I'm learning.   Youtube is absolutely wonderful to use when you need to learn something new.

      As they say...
      Try, Try, and Try Again.

      It's great that you have family close by to help. 
      My mother is often here, but she can't help too much.

      Take care & enjoy that mountain.   It sounds like wonderful memories were born there.

  8. ravirajan01 profile image93
    ravirajan01posted 2 years ago

    Thanks Brenda for sharing these poems.As you have righly conveyed ,everyday is a learning experience and we learn nothing new every day.That should be the way to go.Thanks for reiterating this message again.

    Thanks Misbah for sharing Brenda's work.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Ravi.
      The first time we do new things is a learning experience.

  9. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 24 months ago

    Thanks everyone for reading my words for the word prompt first.

  10. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 24 months ago

    So many first...
    I bet we could all write a book.


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