The following poem was sent to me by Susan Chambers, one of my readers. The author of this poem is apparently unknown, but I believe the message of the author is timeless.
When coming of age, we seem to have all of the answers to all of the problems at hand, and we cannot understand why everyone else cannot figure out the same answers as they always seem clear as a bell to the young. It is in part why the young always press for change, and why they always seem to be recruited as protestors by those who want to affect change but not be noticed.
Once I too knew all of the answers, but as a senior citizen I now recognize that the older I get the less I know. It is now possible for me to enjoy a senior moment, and reading this poem would be one:
Remembering My Father
When I was . . .
4 years old: My daddy can do anything.
5 years old: My daddy knows a whole lot.
6 years old: My dad is smarter than your dad.
8 years old: My dad doesn't know exactly everything.
10 years old: In the olden days, when my dad grew up, things were sure different.
12 years old: Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn't know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.
14 years old: Don't pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned.
21 years old: Him? My Lord, he's hopelessly out of date.
25 years old: Dad knows about it, but then he should, because he has been around so long.
30 years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he's had a lot of experience.
35 years old: I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.
40 years old: I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise.
45 years old: I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him.
50 years old: It's too bad I didn't appreciate sooner just how smart Dad really was. I could have learned a lot more from him.
Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley
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