Chicken Soup for the Transcendentalist Soul -- or -- My Mom Said

Phyl Campbell By Phyl Campbell, 18th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/27awqxv2/
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When we're little, we do what we're told because we're told to. As we get older, we wonder if our kids will listen to us -- or should we listen to them?
If you like "They Might Be Giants," you'll probably like this. But maybe not. ;)
It is set to music, but sorry, I'm not uploading my singing today. ;) Maybe if I got a million nutpoints (like FB likes, get it?).

My Mom Said

My mom said
"Eat your vegetables
"And
"Get a good night's sleep.
"Don't forget to say your prayers
"Close your eyes, count some sheep,"
But

Momma never told me
How
To achieve perfection
And
Now I guess I understand
That
It was something she didn't know.

SO

So I
Ate my vegetables
And
Said my good night prayers
But
Lay awake in my bed
Too concerned with all my cares
Like

(Chorus)

What would I be when I grow up
And who would I marry
Would my kids eat their vegetables
Believe the things that I believe in?

Woke up next morning
Never knowing I was fast asleep
But knowing God was there for me
Prayed the Lord my soul to keep

My mom said

My Mom said
"Don't you fall too hard
"When
"That first boy looks at you
"You must be kind to everyone
"But
"Don't let them walk all over you."

Then came the most disgusting part
She
Wanted to kiss me goodbye
At school
In front of all my friends
I couldn't
Hide
or disappear
Or die.

SO

So I let her kiss me then
And
She waved as she drove away
And
I'm glad I know she cares for me
Even though I'll never say it (oops!).

(Chorus 2)

What would I be when I grow up
And who would I marry
Would I embarrass my own kids
The way that mom embarrassed me?

Woke up next morning
Never knowing I was fast asleep
But knowing God was there for me
Prayed the Lord my soul to keep.

My Mom Said

My mom said
"Do your homework now
"And
"That's enough TV
"Are you ready for the science fair?
"Did you study for the Spelling Bee?"

And it got so aggravating
Seemed like she was so caught up
There's so much more to life at school
Than Science Fairs and empty cups.

Chorus 3

But I turned off the television
Cracked a book
(or sometimes three).
And tried my best to do my best
I wanted her to be proud of me.

Woke up next morning
Never knowing I'd been fast asleep
But knowing God was there for me
Prayed the Lord my soul to keep.

And Now...

And now that I'm a mom myself
I'm
Glad she doesn't laugh at me
'Cuz my kid won't eat vegetables
And
Dodges responsibilities.

My soul
Could use some chicken soup
And
My son's hug could fill a bowl
Though
I would like to keep him small
Growing up is his main goal.

Chorus 4

What will he be when he grows up
Will he ever marry
And if he questions all I say
Will I be wise enough to hear him?

Woke up next morning
Never knowing I'd been fast asleep
But knowing God was there for me
Prayed the Lord my soul to keep.

Did you like this? Credits & other stuff

If you liked this (or even if you didn't), leave me a comment! ;)
All pictures today came from MorgueFile; I like their FREE images.
If you want to see more of my stuff please visit:
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Adolescence, Adolescent, Adolescent Development, Adolescent Growth, Adolescents, Counting Sheep, Disobey, Extracurricular Activities, Growing Up, Kids, Marriage, Moms, Parenting, Praying, Rules, School, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Traditions

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I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Jun 2013 (#)

I thought this was brilliant Phyl.
God bless you
Stella

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella! I'm so glad you liked it!

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author avatar Terry Trainor
19th Jun 2013 (#)

That was great, you need to upload yourself singing it.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Maybe for a million nutpoints, Terry. ;)
Actually, I can be a pretty big show-off, so it probably won't take nearly one million. But it will take more than three. Just because setting up the equipment is a bear, unless I can get the band together to create decent back-up, because I can't play chopsticks... Oh, ZMAN... Where are you??? (I AM in a garage band, but the hassles of real-life and adulthood have caused us to lose three members, and we have been too busy to jam with our hopeful new guy yet...ZMAN is my partner in the band. He's a new WIkinut, but hasn't written a page yet. He's just going to LOVE my talking about him. Honestly, he'll get a big kick out of this when I show him. I want him to make his posts about instrument playing and music production, because he's stellar and he rocks, while, as previously mentioned, I can't play chopsticks.) While I'm mentioning my faults, let's see: I can't play chopsticks. I can't whistle. My bike-riding stinks (I didn't learn how until after I was married, then lost any sense of balance I pretended I had after I had my son). I can't parallel park -- I will get out and hand complete strangers my keys to let them park my car for me if my car must be parked in a parallel space. What else? Oh, I'm honest to a fault. And blunt. I'll pretend I'm working on it to smooth things over, but you know and I know that that's all I'm trying to do. So it will be an impressive act of hubris for me NOT to record my singing for fellow Wikinuts... Yeah, there was my point. Right there. But I appreciate the vote of confidence Terry -- really -- thanks a lot. (If you could see me laughing. I'm wondering the last sentence I have typed before the open parenthesis will be taken at face value --as meant-- or as sarcasm --given the other things I've said. And it's one of those deals where denying it without your being able to hear the inflection of my voice will be absolutely no help, so I do hope you'll just trust that I was trying to be sincere and not sarcastic.)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Very yum and fun...thanks Phyl...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Jun 2013 (#)

"Yum and fun." I think I will remember this comment forever, and steal it if the need arises! This made my eyes twinkle just a big more than usual -- and that's a WHOLE LOT of twinkling!! ;) Thanks!

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