Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

Peeling Eggs Makes Me Smile - Poem by Mary Nagy

You may wonder
how peeling the shells off eggs
makes me smile......
but it does!

I've been making egg salad sandwiches
and smiling the whole time!

While I am wrestling with the eggs
trying to get the paper-thin shell
to come off without removing too much egg.......
I'm reminded of my dad.

Whenever my dad would peel eggs
it would kick him off
into an hour long tangent....

''Those stupid farmers! ''
''They are so greedy they give the chickens
something to make them lay more eggs
and it's making their shells so thin I can't remove it
without losing half the egg! ''

He would go on and on while we rolled our eyes
and gave eachother ''the look''.
''Here he goes again! ''
We learned to volunteer to peel the eggs
just to avoid hearing the speech.

Well, he's been gone for 12 yrs now........
What I wouldn't give to hear that speech again!
I still hear him.
Only now, I smile while I wrestle the shells off the eggs.

Comments about Peeling Eggs Makes Me Smile by Mary Nagy

  • Brian Dorn (3/7/2007 9:47:00 AM)

    Great story, Mary... uniquely precious and beautifully done!

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  • (4/10/2006 3:39:00 PM)

    Brilliantly done, life coping skills even in the kitchen, Love to you and your family, Love Duncan (Report)Reply

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  • (1/3/2006 12:55:00 PM)

    Beautiful. I think I'm gonna go call my dad.


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  • (1/2/2006 8:51:00 PM)

    Mary, you find such ordinary ways to offer us such big important emotions! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (12/30/2005 12:54:00 AM)

    ERNESTINE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    I was just about to use the onion line when you egged your way in.
    You eggomaniacal eggcentric!
    Allan could talk about eggswives and Mary would cry even without the onions.
    If you eggstend or eggstrapolate this you will find that all gems do,

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  • Ernestine Northover (12/29/2005 3:35:00 PM)

    That's eggactly what I'd eggpect of you Mary, a great eggample of how eggshelling can bring back such memories. People have such odd habits, expecially the older generations, which one never forgets. At least peeling eggs is better than peeling onions for instance. You have to cry with those. Eggasperating aren't I. Ha! Ha! Good write by the way. Loved it. Love Eggnestine! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! XXX (Report)Reply

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  • (12/29/2005 3:33:00 PM)


    I think you have found a strength in telling short stories. You do it well. Just checked with my wife. When you start the process of boiling eggs, do it slowly, let them boil for two or three minutes, turn off the heat, let them set for three or four more minutes. Run cold water over them to cool them to room temperature. Then do the roll it on the counter thingy. Also, she says she has heard that a tablespoon of vinegar in the boiling water helps keep them from cracking. Well, that's what the Boss says.

    Keep peeling out those stories Mary

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  • (12/29/2005 3:10:00 PM)

    This is brilliant Mary you have taken to free verse really well and this is a great example. As with the majority of your work, it exhudes warmth that one can feel. That you can take such a mudane labour as peel eggs and take the reader on an excursion, is a coup.

    Incidently, if you are into films. there is an outstanding scene in the film 'Angel Heart' where Mickey Rourke is talking to Robert De Niro, who is peeling an egg. When you realise the significance of what De Niro is doing, you could never see peeling eggs in the same light again.

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  • (12/29/2005 2:48:00 PM)

    Always a memory... A way of him telling you he's still there for you. A way for him to live on in you. Just a hint: try rolling the egg on the counter while using a little bit of pressure... usually the shell peels right off! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 13, 2006

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