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Feeling Good and Keeping It a Secret

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Until Now

The cat is out of the bag

Each day it is important that we treat each other with the utmost respect

I don't know where people everywhere get the notion

They can say whatever they want

No matter whose feelings they hurt

I thought we all were brought up on simple basic principles

There was an imaginary line nobody ever crossed

Now I think that line was in the sand instead of in stone

Where it is washed far, far away

Nobody has the respect for their elders

Even if I didn't think they were right

I learned to hold my tongue and think what I wanted to myself

I think I am more shocked than hurt

As I get older I see things I don't want to see

Then I think maybe it is just a few bad apples

The more I see the more I don't like

Maybe I should stop looking

I was wondering if I was just looking for trouble

Actually, I made a point of it to write down a few thoughts

I was going in a whole another direction

Doing everything in my power to get along

Bending over backwards to see life through their eyes

I still came up short

My father use to say

You are about sixty cents short of a dollar

Where do we go from here?

I am not sure

I will rack my head a bit and think

If these are little things I find off center

Not just quite right

Then I can imagine the big things

When I got out of line my mother would remind me

I brought you into this world and I can take you out

I knew how true that really was

She wouldn't dare

I didn't have a lot of fancy things growing up

I was taught to respect the things I did have and try to make them last

Now it seems easy come easy go

If you don't take care of something and break it it's o.k.

No big deal

Don't try to fix it

Just buy another one

Well my brain can't take much more today

I will blow a fuse

I think back to my childhood

The things we did

The memories we shared

The good and the bad

They all had a certain kind of order

We knew there were certain rules we couldn't break

Not if but when you broke those rules

You knew there was going to be consequences

You didn't blame anyone but yourself

Then in my mind

I made sure I didn't make the same mistake twice

Now it is as good as time as any

Thank you mom and dad for all that you tried to show and teach me

If I learned or not that was another whole story for a different time

Maybe I can sleep on it

Come up with a better perspective in the morning

I am glad I grew up when I did

Today is a whole different world

It seems to be going too fast

Even the younger generation can't keep up

Then again I don't think they notice

Because their head is somewhere out of sight

Another thing my father would say

Your lucky your head is screwed on tight enough

If not you would have lost it a long time ago