Current Devotion

I did not grow up on a Current bank, 

‘Twas due to a simple switch of fate.

For that I have dear Dad to thank.

An ultimatum – city or country – from Mom, his mate.

At age of five I started to school.

Sidewalks and stop signs led the way.

Wasn’t in Pratt I learned the golden rule.

Love of country life, though, still strong today. 

The trips back I couldn’t begin to count,

Grandparents, cousins, and uncles to see.

Impossible to place a dollar amount 

On the lure of love and family. 

Current River was a familiar backdrop.

Picnics, rock skipping, dipping and swimming. 

Photos of crystal waters and fun non-stop

Keep the precious memories from dimming.

Pittman Ferry made my knees knock. 

Dips in chilly pools cooled this cranky kid.

Big Spring viewings from atop a rock

And wading made the list of things we did. 

Boat rides, too, for me were scary,

But canoeing and tubing were fun.

Any time on Current River was merry 

Even the first cold dip in early summer sun.

The Current aided Cupid in landing darts

To spark love and dreams with splashes.

Life mingles joy and sorrow in yearning hearts.

The river memorializes honorable ashes.

Nothing compares to a toddler’s laughter

At mini-waves and slippery minnows,

Or Mom’s relief at naptime after.

The Current becomes the place to go. 

Deer Lodge, Deer Leap, Murphey’s Bar and Float Camp,

Come up at reunions galore.

For sure river memories keep eyes damp,

Living and reliving means the Current makes more.

We can’t help but strive to share

With newbies the beauty of our gem,

And warnings that feet should not be bare!

Hats and sunscreen a plus –  it’s up to them. 

The Current is a source of endless connection,

You’ve heard of six degrees of separation?

With enthusiasm and endless devotion

We meet others with entwining ties and elation.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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