No Idea!

Girls are lucky: just need to find the right man –
looked after for life.
Advice from a teenaged brother.

Right! I yell back, fifty years later.
It was all a vacation –
raising the children on my own
looking for God in the midst of chaos
partners with wandering eyes
or absent…always absent…
still waiting for that “looking after”

And how did you make out, Brother Dear?
Oh, that’s right… married
… woman with a good job
willing to let you putter in the background

Guess we were both misled.

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

33 thoughts on “No Idea!”

  1. Oh my! My Mother always used to tell me to marry for money not love. That says a lot about her marriage. I did not marry for money but it has turned out well despite that as I am a “woman of independent means” as they say!

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  2. never trust a brother VJ, I speak from experience … but it was my parents who told me I didn’t need an education, etc coz I’d just find a man and have his babies!

    Needless to say I haven’t had children 😉

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  3. Yes we do learn the truth. The belief of youth. Just lessons for us to know. We must seek some happiness for ourselves to be strong and be able to stand alone. Outstanding poetry my friend.

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