19 March 2014

OGM Day


How to decorate for this feast day
celebrating Ordinary Good Men?
Ask John, he's one. Not that he looked
for a holiday. That's the point isn't it?

He just goes and acts as an ordinary good man-
stays loyal to friends, stays in love with his family, works hard
at work he loves, does all he needs to be good at his work,
fixes broken things around the house, likes to cook, buys cool presents

for his main squeeze when he travels, tells her she's beautiful, tells her she's sexy.
Keeps his interests wider than sports, TV and drinking, lots wider.
Reads, initiates interesting conversations, listens closely, the kind of close that lets
his partner get clearer about what she's thinking. That alone

is worth a full fledged holiday with banners and parades and a day off to celebrate.
But there's more- he likes a good time, likes to play and laugh,
has dreams for the future. And when I think I've reached the end
of all that makes up an ordinary good man he surprises me

and tells me that he likes how my eyes look in my new glasses, how
my whole face looks open and pretty. Then brings me out to the balcony
and gives me the full moon with two planets close by, so bright and lovely.
Bring out the balloons, and streamers and posters

for all to cheer these treasures in our midst who do what they do
with no holiday until now. Sing songs, raise a toast, shout it out-
Here's to Ordinary Good Men! Hip, hip, hooray!


For Izy's Out of Standard over at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads who asked us to invent a new holiday. As for my personal hero for whom the holiday is invented- that's easy, my Honey of 40 years, John. He's leading the parade!

40 comments:

  1. Hey this is a great idea for a holiday; my husband and our sons fit that description of being great guys. Your dh sounds like a great guy too.

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  2. Love where you ran with this ... (and how you run!)

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  3. This is a WONDERFUL poem, a terrific love story - real love - and you are a very very lucky woman!!!!!!

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  4. Yes, What a gem. He deserves a holiday celebration...I

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  5. Ordinary Good Men are what truly make the world go 'round. I have one myself ;)

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    1. Then we can celebrate these good men together.

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  6. I hope you share this piece with him! How special!!! Viva la

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    1. I did- last night when he returned from a trip. He liked it and had a suggestion for how we could celebrate! Fun prompt, Izy.

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  7. To have someone or know someone to celebrate on OGM Day is the first victory. And then we celebrate with them too as they show us a perfectly good time.

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    1. Yes, I am most fortunate and try not to take my OGM for granted.

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  8. oh you should see me smile... he sounds like a wonderful man and congrats on 40 years mary...wow...that's something..

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    1. We keep growing together so it works for us. From your poetry I think you have one as well.

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  9. So every sweet! Sounds like he is as wonderful as you. Just nice. K. Manicddaily

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  10. smiles...you made my day...ordinary good men dont get a lot of lime light...we see far more of the what is wrong with men...or...he does sound like quite the guy....and it warmed my heart to hear about him....smiles.

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  11. Ordinary, but not, not at all, is he? I think such a man deserves his own holiday, and you've given him one. Hooray!

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  12. I would certainly endorse a holiday for the ordinary, good men. Bless them all for their humility, strength and endurance.

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  13. Ordinary men are indeed worth celebrating. They are far under appreciated. Maybe this will be the next Hallmark Day? (Smiles.)

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  14. The man you describe could more aptly be called "the Man I've Put on My Pedestal." I'm pretty good but I have a feeling that the one "you" write of is better even than me!! :)

    Every time I see your header picture it reminds me of the cemetery view from Mom and Dad's grave. The fields in cultivation get me started.
    http://bp3.blogger.com/_aOZEGRAw2Q8/SG2zQ_w1NyI/AAAAAAAAB0o/lvubhVoZUb4/s800-h/DSC02438.JPG but it really doesn't show the broad valley of cornfields very well.
    ..

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    1. It's not a contest, just a recognition that ordinary faithfulness, love and goodness don't get recognized enough. But, heroes are good! The header is the view from my balcony here in Abruzzo, Italy.

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  15. This has my eyes all welled with tears, Mary...so beautiful and your gratitude is so abundant...what a lovely holiday and I agree, I think that is a special holiday indeed.

    I love this:

    "stays in love with his family"

    Yes...

    Thank you for this...

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    1. This is why speaking out is so important.

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  16. This is really delightful!

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  17. Fabulous idea, Mary. This is one holiday from today's Toads that should actually happen. I love it.
    K

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  18. He sounds extraordinarily sweet and thoughtful to me, Mary. But it's a good idea for a new holiday! I'm married to one of these OGMs, too. :-)

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  19. You've written some poetry that amazed me, but this one is so well done that I think it should be published. It helps to have good material. You have a subject for this poem that is interesting, inspiring, and not ordinary at all. He is a gem. So are you. I'm so happy that together you bring out so much excitement and stability in each other in equal measures.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Sally, and I thank you for your kind words.

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