When I was in high school, I lent a boyfriend two hundred dollars. Do you think I ever saw him again? No I did not. He was not from my hometown, just visiting his aunt and uncle. Off he went into the wild blue yonder with my heart and money in his hands. I had no idea someone could be so heartless and take your money and run. Certainly, you all are laughing by now, but you shouldn’t be, because now, I know there are so very many more horrors of human heartless, callousness and I realize my two hundred dollars is a childhood drama. I want you to know that this little early performance led me on a path to gratitude for the information given early in life at a cut-rate price.

I used to keep my money in the bottom of my underwear drawer along with other valuables. My mother, bless her heart, wrote a poem and left it in the bottom of my underwear drawer for me to eventually find. It said, “Hearts and flowers fade away when the bills come to pay.” How right she is to this day.

Allow me to add to my mother’s poetry:

“Hearts and flowers fade away when the bills come to pay.”

When it is time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to be fixed a new and appetizing way.

When children join the fray and the laundry climbs to the sky

It is not time to run away and say goodbye

It’s time to get the clothes washed and dried

Whose crying, nobody has died.

Life insurance, car insurance, house insurance, medical insurance.

A test for your pocketbook, and your mental endurance in order to gain peace of mind and assurance.

Your family talks back right at you, everyone not necessarily taking turns

You’ve worked all day to make everyone happy, especially the money you earned.

The house needs a good pick up, a put away and a cleaning.

Look everyone complaining about his or her injuries, bodies leaning; can’t do any pick up or cleaning?

It seems like the days are filled with competition and playing the same rendition of Hearts and flowers fade away when the bills come to pay…

Yet today we are all having nice encounters. Tonight out to dinner, the real winner.

So when hearts and flowers fade away, pay the bills and live another day.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    May 24, 2015 @ 07:36:48

    Nice! Keep on keepin’ on with the focus on the positive


  2. Sheila Clapkin
    May 24, 2015 @ 08:11:18

    Yes, positive. Thank you Mona.


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