Sunday, November 25, 2007

Misspent Youth?


The truth is that despite three years of high school Latin
The only thing I remember is how to recite Mica, Mica, Parva Stella.
The truth is that despite PBS being one of the only channels we could watch,
I can still remember, in detail, every Brady Bunch episode ever created.
The truth is that despite learning to value all people, and all religions,
Growing up in a Unitarian church,
I ended up marrying a conservative Catholic with Republican leanings.
The truth is that despite all the home economics classes, and taking a basic sewing class three times,
I’d still rather get Chinese take-out or buy a pillow at Pottery Barn.
The truth is that after years of ballet and dance classes
I can no longer touch my toes.
The truth is that swinging makes me feel sick,
And that my roller skating talents have taken me nowhere.
The truth is that all the nights Madelyn and I spent dreaming of what our lives would be like
When I married Leif Garret, and she married Shawn Cassidy, didn’t work out.
The truth is that learning how to dissect a frog
Has never come in handy.
The truth is that my youth is gone,
But if I had to do it again,
I wouldn’t change a thing.

9 comments:

Just Jen said...

How very well written! I smiled through the whole thing! It's amazing how much we learn as young people that we don't use now. I love the rollerskating one...LOL
It didn't make me famous either!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I smiled as I read too

Jo said...

This made me smile too, especially that frog line. Great, Nicole.

Mishelle said...

Love it, great job!!

paisley said...

that was really nice,, i believe thee were memories in there for all of us.....

Jennifer Hicks said...

lots of truths and ironies there. but still, think about all the lessons you learned that really had nothing to do with dissecting frogs or memorizing Latin or sewing aprons.....not at all a waste if you look at it like that!

The Alchemist said...

The truth is we can not change the past even if we wanted. The future will never be the way we think it will be and the only working unit of our life is the present moment so let it unfold and observe. Your moment made me smile.

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tumblewords said...

I loved this post! Dissecting frogs wasn't my favorite pastime either! But I did eventually learn that geometry, which I hated, helped me become a pretty decent pool player. :)