It Depends

So much depends upon
the ability to screw up royally,
magnificently,
epically,

to lose the fight
which should have easily been won,
to rob Muddville of its joy.

So when you look at your kids
with their scuffed knees,
crossed arms,
and their insistence
that it’s just too much,
you can stand up on sore legs,
and a crooked smile. 


You can honestly say,
“Ouch.”
Then say,
“Next.” 



This poem is inspired by the prompt given at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, Red Wheelbarrow Challenge. 


41 comments:

  1. The last two stanzas say it all! What a great lesson!

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  2. Perfect - we need to be able to rise up and go again...

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  3. I LOVE the idea of saying "Ouch," and then "Next." Wonderful. Reminds me of that whole "just yell PLOT TWIST!" thing going around. ;)

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    1. I think there's something good in being able to admit the hurt and acknowledge it's full impact, so one can cleanly move to the next point.

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  4. Nice!! Moving on from ouch to next...that's the spirit...keep moving on! :)

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    1. There's no use denying the hurt, but there's no use in living there either.

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  5. royally,
    magnificently,
    epically.... love it.

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    1. Sometimes there's just no getting around something being a major screw up, as much as we'd wish it to be otherwise.

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  6. Letting the kids win..priceless!

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    1. Well, it's a bit more about letting the kids see you can lose

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  7. Learning to brush off hurt is an essential life lesson. Love the tone throughout.

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    1. Yes, and sometimes it's one an adult has to model for them first.

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  8. Leave it to the kids. A little roughing up on their activities can be a learning curve well taken!

    Hank

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    1. Well, life already is going to provide ample opportunity for that. It's learning how to handle the rough spots that's key.

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  9. Ah, Mudville! Haven't been there since I was young! What is it like there now? Any new buildings?

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    1. There's a statue of a famed baseball player, but it's better known by the name Hubris.

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  10. when you want to hug them, but KNOW that toughening them up is the wiser choice. I've been there many a times.

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  11. It is hard to rise from the muck..Even harder to show our children we can do it.

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    1. Exactly! Sometimes the only thing that makes you stand up is knowing those young eyes are watching. You know that they may not register it at the time, but someday your example may make all the difference when it comes time for them to decide to stand up again.

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  12. So much does, indeed, rides on our ability and willingness to fall and get up as gracefully as we can manage. Crooked thing can be just the thing... especially when we have a good lesson and a better tale to go with the bloody grin.

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    1. We don't always look as pretty when we rise, but rise we do, crooked broken teeth and all.

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  13. the lesson, the advice, the humor, the philosophy, - just life...nice

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you stopped by.

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  14. My children in their late 40's / 50's tell me I "did it right" ~~ doesn't stop me from wondering if I actually did!

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    1. I think a good parent will always wonder, even if their children seem like they are doing OK.

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