MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Will you ever reach Bora?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

To All the People We Grew Old With


TO ALL THE PEOPLE WE GREW OLD WITH

There was a time when we would blossom
just because it was our time,
one day and night and then the next.
The sun would shine.
Our witnesses were there,
nodding their approval,
wanting to believe in us.
They're called contemporaries — 
I know now what that means, 
not with my dictionary in hand, 
not with my low IQ,
but with each fiber of my being. 
Elvis: gone, George Michael: gone, Roger Moore
Oh bless his soul, Gene Wilder,
Grandma.
Mamma 30 years from now,
some girlfriends maybe, humping neighbor. 
Probably me. All gone, and Mongo too.

Gone. It's hard to fathom what that even means. 

Oh I for one won't care
what the fuss was all about:
"Go to school and get good grades." 
(What a waste of time if living is your thing.) 
"Listen to your parents. They know what's best." 
(They don't. They wanted Minnie MEs.) 
"Find a job and build one heck of a career!" 
(And tunnel vision is a thing.) 
I swear I'm not impressed if you're a king or David Beckham. 

But if you were kind to me, whether rich or poor, 
I'll miss you dearly when I'm walking through that door.

* * *

One day...

57 comments:

  1. Very well said, Blue. It's not what we physically amass, it's what we give from the heart that means the most.
    And I checked. Sadly, there are no more candy grams for Mongo.

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  2. This line right here, Mr. Blue:

    "But if you were kind to me, whether rich or poor,
    I'll miss you dearly when I'm walking through that door"

    is powerful and so true. What great words of wisdom!

    Elsie

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    1. Means a lot that you like it, Elsie.

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    2. I think it speaks of someone with a true and pure heart, Mr. Blue.

      Elsie

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    3. You're too kind, Elsie. Thank you. I hope your day has been a good one.

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  3. It's rough, loving so many forms of entertainment, like music, movies, comics, TV... I'm sixty-one, so everyone I watched, read, listened to, etc. when I was a kid are either dead, or reallllly old. Same with relatives. Not many of those left either.

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    1. So basically it sucks a ton. It's like we're all slowly heading toward a cliff. We need a magic pill. 2000 years from now people will read about us, the people who still died of old age. So primitive.

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  4. Kindness matters over almost every other thing. :)

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  5. Lovely words, Blue. Memories live on even though our breath expires.

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    1. You don't happen to know where they hid that special well, do you?

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  6. Wise words, my friend. We worry about so many trivial things. All we need to do is be kind and enjoy life as much as we can.

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  7. An emphatic YES from here too. Kindness is most definitely worth more (and sometimes rarer) than coronets.

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  8. Yeah, the trivial crap can take a dirt nap. That is one thing I roll my eyes at with ease. I want a career and join the rest of the fleas. You really need a career. A career...eye roll near. As in the end does Bob give a shit that you were there? Nope, see ya later and he hires someone else at a lower fare.

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    1. "A career is a must!"
      And then the fleas
      And then the dust.
      Uncle Bob's not uncle Buck,
      Who was shit outa luck
      Buried with a great career...
      Oh dear.


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    2. Buried and dead
      But it can be said
      A great career was had
      Pffft so overused it's a fad

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    3. "He's dead but at least he had a great career..."
      Won't make him cheer.

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    4. Nope, and he left lots of money
      Died without using it, so may as well have been funny

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  9. Every year claims more victims. 2018 seems to have been pretty easy on the celebs

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    1. That's as true as the gold I don't have. But true nevertheless.

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  10. Gone but not forgotten! I often think of those people who meant so much to me at certain times of my life, but are no longer part of my life (through death or distance or apathy). Still doesn't take away the mark that they left.

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    1. But a hundred years from now... Isn't that a sad, sad truth, Bijoux? Could it be time for... a statue, the old-school selfie?

      Lots of questions from Blue (not Scooby Doo).

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  11. I love this Blue! Well said! I agree!! Big Hugs and I know I've said this before, but truly thank you for the kind comments on my blog!

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  12. A family died today... I am exhausted..

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    1. *member and so it is I cry this night
      Who really cares????

      I am taking a break..

      Much love

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    2. Wow, sorry to hear about that, True...

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    3. Thank you Blue! I know you care...and I am grateful for your kindness always!

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    4. When a loved one has passed is when we know what really matters. My uncle's cat died yesterday and people say, "Well, it's just a cat." Or: "Such is life." Not the kind of people I'd like to hang out with. My uncle's companion is dead and he's heartbroken too. Those are true sad moments that outsiders don't want to have to think about.

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    5. Hi Blue

      Sorry to hear about your uncle’s cat, I know his loss is painful.

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    6. I heard you found your shoe
      imagine all the things you can do
      I wish you well, you know it’s true

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    7. I know it's True
      Coming from you.

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    8. Well does the shoe fit, is it all you dreamed it would be.

      Let’s talk Blue
      True is Bue

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  13. All my family members are gone except for my dad and brother. It's shocking every time another celebrity passes away that I grew up watching and I see how they've aged. Heck, I'm almost 50 myself. Time goes by fast.

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    1. We're pretty much the same age, then, Mary. Yes, it's shocking and depressing. People can say what they want (especially young people), but it's cruel and inevitable. Time is inside of us.

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  14. Oh, Blue. I didn't know Mongo had passed. I'm so sorry. When did that happen?
    Hugs

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    1. No, no, no. "Probably me. All gone, and Mongo too." One day from now, Sandra. One day.

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  15. "But if you were kind to me, whether rich or poor,
    I'll miss you dearly when I'm walking through that door."

    Kindness is key to so much …

    All the best Jan

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  16. I laugh when I think back to all the stress I put on myself during school. Everything changes and everything passes away. That could be a morbid thought, or it could be a nudge to get on with things and don't take everything so seriously. (I often need reminding though, lol)

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Lynda. Not even if I tried. Well, maybe if I triwd.

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  17. I hated school and still get the heebie-jeebies when I hear ads for back to school items. Great poem..well thought out

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    1. Hello Birgit! Good to hear from you again. Let's go back to school.... hmmmm.... no, thank you.

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  18. I'll miss you dearly when
    I walk through the door

    'Friends and countrymen
    Lend me your ears...'

    Friends nurtured lovingly
    through the years
    Friends will always be there
    when one goes back

    to our Maker not others
    who had frequently
    'taken' from us

    Hank

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  19. The older I get, the harder it gets when dealing with memories of persons who are gone. Or the thought of ever losing the closest of family or friends, or my senses...or facial collagen. So, you see, I'm never quite at peace.

    But I loved school, almost every bit of it.

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    1. I hear you, Jaya J. I love the way you express yourself, so stick around for a long, long time, you hear? And you know I'm not even kidding. One moment you're twenty, before you know it you're half a century and half the people you love are gone.

      P.S. Now I'm worried about my facial collagen, too. Oh darn.

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    2. You mean, you only now started worrying? Lucky you :p

      The admiration is mutual. I love the way you express yourself.

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    3. Thanks, Jaya J. Do you know that you're one of my first readers and blogger friends? Well, I do. :)

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  20. This really resonates with me today. I lost two contemporaries this month. One an old schoolmate who was a Senior when I was a Freshman so I only knew of him as he was well loved. He went on to become an attorney, had a lovely wife who died a few months ago. It's all very hush-hush his death, so I'm assuming suicide because he couldn't go on without her.

    The second died Monday. A dear friend, my favorite dancing buddy, the only man that ever dipped me without my having an ounce of fear, he would not dare drop me! He and his lovely wife had just moved to San Francisco for the birth of their first grandchild who is now two years old. Both men had so much to live for, one took his life and the other lost it through a heart attack. Ironic right?

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