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decorating the palm trees 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    My mother always started trends in our neighborhood. take christmas, for example:
    one christmas, in addition to decorating the tree we had inside, she took italian lights and strung them along each branch of the palm tree in front of our house. dad even put me in the bucket of the tractor so i could reach.
    next year, a few more houses with palm trees decorated.
    the year after, more than half the houses.
    then she bought ornaments for her tree, big, round, foot-wide ornaments.
    next year, a few more houses had ornaments.
    the year after, more than half the houses.
    my mother was always the first.

Chicago poet Janet Kuypers
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