The Story Behind the Title of this Blog

The title of this blog is taken from the title of a poem my Grandmother used to recite to me as a child.  She would say it from memory but here is how I just recently found the poem sited on the internet:

Jenny Kissed Me    by Leigh Hunt

Jenny kissed me when we met,

Jumping from the chair she sat in.

Time, you thief!  who love to get

Sweets into your list, put that in.

Say I’m weary, say I’m sad;

Say that health and wealth have missed me;

Say I’m growing old, but add—

Jenny kissed me!

My Grandmother would recite this poem in special moments during visits I would have with her at her home in Brunswick, Maine.  She would look at me with her beautiful smile and speak with a light, glistening, lilting tone.  I always knew that my Grandmother, my hero of a woman, loved, appreciated and was so very happy to be spending time with me.  The feeling I had while listening to her recite this poem to me was a feeling of total acceptance of all that I was as a little girl.  She saw the beauty in me, and I saw the beauty in her.  And boy, were we excited by each other!

 I wish I could say that as an adult all of my relationships with others have carried the tone of this kind of unconditional love and acceptance.  That has not been entirely the case, but happily, for the most part, my Grandmather’s gift of love to me, the gift of her unwavering smile and lilting voice in my presence, set me up for a lifetime of knowing what the best kind of nurturing, loving relationships feel like.

In this holiday season I am so thankful for relationship!  So thankful for my family, my beautiful old friends and wonderful new ones who always put joy in my  heart when I am in their presence.  Just recently I have been rediscovering and exploring my love of poetry.  In this journey I have been well supported by the love of those surrounding me.  Thank you for letting me see the smiles on your faces and hear the happiness in your voices when I am in your presence!  And very special thanks to my writing friends in the Write Stuff Writer’s group.

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grandfathersky
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:17:15

    Makes me wonder why the writers chose Jenny in Forest Gump… Good luck, from what I have read so far your poet and your heart are connecting well again.


  2. Carol Covin
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 06:20:38

    What a lovely gift from your grandmother, encircling you with her warm, unconditional love, and sharing and passing on her love of poetry. I can’t think of a better legacy.


  3. rahkyt
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 12:15:07

    I love this story. Thank you for sharing it! Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman. Bless.


  4. Morgan Mussell
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:03:01

    Thanks for visiting and following thefirstgates.

    My great-grandmother had a poem – or ditty, rather, because she sang it. When I was three or four, she would bounce me on her knee and sing,

    “Trot, trot to Boston to buy a loaf of bread,
    Trot, trot home again, the old horse is dead.”

    I would laugh and go “Wheee,” like that pig in the Gieco commercials. and yell, “Again!” With the patient of a woman in her 80’s, who wasn’t in any particular hurry, she’d do it again.

    Anyhow…nice blog!


  5. readinpleasure
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 08:14:29

    My grandmother was also very instrumental in my life. She introduced me to my first bible stories, reading the Bible to me in her halting voice, pronouncing the Englsih words with some difficulty as she was not highly educated but could read and write. She nurtured my brother and I and showed us so much love. Thank you for sharing this with us, Jennifer and let us thank God for wonderful beginings.


  6. jeglatter
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 20:32:29

    Thinking of you and your Grandmother and in gratitude for our blessings.:) Thank you for reading and for sharing.


  7. danroberson
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 12:00:36

    Both you and your grandmother had a special connection. You were blessed.
    Your story skills have been passed down the line so you can share with others.
    Thanks for your posts and thanks for your comments.


    • jeglatter
      Mar 26, 2012 @ 15:49:03

      Thank you. It was just a little while ago that I realized that story skills get passed down the line just like anything that comes from our blood. I was so excited when I realized that. Thank you for stopping by.:)


  8. sandy
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 14:44:28

    Now, I am reading this page! That is a wonderful story. I never lived post to a grandmother. One passed early, the other on the other side of the country.
    You were very lucky.


  9. Nectarfizz
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 13:19:50

    I think I am becoming a fan of you. Certainly am enjoying my look around.


  10. ecofinanalysis
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 08:27:40

    Thank You jeglatter… you are so supportive.


  11. Claire Cappetta
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 20:49:28

    Beautiful poetry 🙂


  12. Cindy Holman
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:49:20

    Thanks for visiting and liking my poem today! I’m glad I found you and will be reading!


  13. Sloth Woman
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:39:36

    Thanks for sharing this story!
    The energy of emergence is strong in your blog–how exciting.


  14. flowerpoet
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 20:11:56

    Many thanks for sharing your beautiful poetry and for sharing this heartwarming glimpse of the relationship with your Grandmother. I also enjoy Leigh Hunt’s poetry.
    Shelley (named after Percy Bysshe Shelley- a friend of Leigh Hunt)


    • jeglatter
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 20:36:37

      Oh fun!:) So great to have another connection to that sweet poem! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know about your namesake!


  15. transitionscoachingcayman
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 06:55:01

    I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. See
    for details.


  16. pacwp
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 08:13:26

    Thank you so much for coming to visiting my blog and giving me the opportunity to read your own. I hope we have many years of following and supporting each other!


  17. soundanation
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:45:51

    Well said. It just takes one great soul to impact our lives even in a sea of monsters. Love and light.


    • jeglatter
      Apr 20, 2012 @ 15:07:15

      Thank you for stopping by and for this comment inspiring in me another moment to be thankful for her.:)


  18. Diane
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 08:26:27

    This is one of my most favourite poems of all time, it is so simple and yet huge in meaning and emotion. I love it and what a delight to find it here. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I also had a wonderful grandmother who shared my love of the written word and I treasure memories of her.


  19. russtowne
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 19:40:25

    What a great name for a blog and a wonderful story to go along with it. Thank you for sharing it!



  20. Stephanie Jill Rudd
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 02:34:51

    Just beautiful. I remember my Granny well too, always hid a sweetie in her apron, a powder blue bedroom, and indoor fireworks…but most of all…Huge spilling over love that just encircled and embraced my being. She died when I was 9, but can remember her as clear as day. Thankyou for sharing.


    • jeglatter
      Jun 04, 2012 @ 07:24:26

      Smiling thinking about that kind of love and the memories of it here with us always. Thank you so much for stopping by!


  21. thepainterspalate
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 11:18:16

    I love this story about your grandmother. I felt exactlythe same about my “Tateh” (my arabic grandmother). she loved unconditionally and had a large heart for her 46…and counting grandchildren!


    • jeglatter
      Jun 04, 2012 @ 11:57:43

      Just smiling thinking about her and all of her grandchildren who have been blessed by her. Thank you so much for sharing.:)


  22. oneperfectrose
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 19:38:11

    I have loved this poem since someone gave me a book called “The Best Loved Poems of the American People” when I was in college. Like your grandmother, I can recite it from beginning to end. The message is so refreshing — no matter how bad things seem, there is always something wonderful to remember — “Jenny kissed me!”


  23. Rose Auslander
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:29:35

    I love this warm account of your grandmother. Beautiful, thank you.


  24. Nirbhaya's India
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 22:58:58

    So sweet, warm and pleasant.


  25. soloneili
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 10:45:16

    Jenny Kissed Me is a very famous poem and deservedly so. I often find that easily accessible poetry (meaning you don’t need a degree to understand it) endures and has a charm that transcends different eras. Poetry enriches people and I wish you luck with yours. Cheers…Neil


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