Strong People

On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985. Today we’ll be thinking about my father-in-law, Johnny, since he was born on this day 94 years ago.

Strong People

Strong people are like volunteer palms.

They bend with the wind.

They are flexible.

They grow with balance and beauty.

They live to multiply.

Bettie Lou and Johnnie Sketch by Bettie Lou's brother Bud
Bettie Lou and Johnny
Sketch by Bettie Lou’s brother Bud


I think we’re a clan of volunteer palms!