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If I could do it again

Updated on March 18, 2010

The Do-Over

Sitting in his rocking chair

I heard my Grandpa say

“Ya know what Sport …” he said to me

“I remember back in the day …”

I saw him close his big blue eyes

A smile came on his face

He was thinking back when he was young

To another time and place

Oh, to be a boy again

And to know what I know now.

If I could do it over

I’d change it all somehow.”

His eyes they twinkled merrily

His face got a big grin

“If I could be a boy once more

I’d do it all again.”

And then it was like magic …

Cause right before my eyes

I saw him turn in to a kid

He was just my size!

“Hey there Sport! Look at me NOW!

Let’s go find your brother!”

“Brother – heck!” I said to him

“We need to find my Mother!”

“Oh, come on Sport! We can’t do that!

Do you know what she would say?

Let’s keep this to ourselves right now.

Hey! Let’s go out to play!”

“I remember playing ‘Kick-the-Can’

And rolling a wheel down the street.

Picking apples right from the tree …

They were so good and sweet.”

“Come on Sport, let’s get outta here!

Let’s get ourselves to town!

There’s a big hill over by the park

That we can both slide down!”

“Ok, Gramps! This sounds like fun,

But how do you explain

That you really ARE my Grandpa

When my friends ask you your name?”

“I hadn’t thought of that.” he said

“Now this will sound quite silly,

Just call me what they use to do …

I was ‘Bronco Billy’!”

“Let’s go riding horses!”

“Let’s go chase a bull!”

“And when we’re done with that” he said

“We can have a taffy pull!”

“I know what we can do!” he said

“Ever go swimming in a lake?”

“Grandpa!!! We’re gonna get in trouble!

Oh my! Oh goodness sake!”

“Trouble is MY middle name!

Come on, this will be fun!

No ones gonna see us

And if they do … We’ll Run!”

So Gramps took off a trottin’

Right across the yard

I was pretty fast myself

But keeping up with him was hard!

He said he didn’t have much time

And he had a lot to do.

He wants a penny candy stick

And he’d buy one for me too.

A penny for some candy?

Riding horses? Chase a bull?

How could I tell my Grandpa

There is no taffy pull?

We found a local ‘Five and Dime’

When we walked in the door

Grandpa said “It looks just the same.

Just like it did before.”

Something here is really strange

“This just can’t be!” I thought.

Grandpa smiled and handed me

A penny candy he had bought.

The next stop was the school house

And he just stormed right in

It was one big room and black board

Where my new school had been!

Oh, this was getting WAY too weird!

But Gramps just laughed “He-he!”

He went right to his old wood desk

On the top he’d scratched B.B.

No one was around to play

He said “Let’s go to the farm!

We can sneak out to the garden.

We won’t do any harm.”

He took off a running

So I ran after him

And then we saw an old farm house

But the lights were oh, so dim!

“There it is! I’m HOME!” he shouted

As he ran up the ramp

The front room was just lighted

With an old oil lamp!

“There’s my bedroom in the loft!”

When we climbed up I saw

His bedspread was an old quilt

The mattress stuffed with straw!

We ran out to the pasture

And there was of course …

Cows and sheep and chickens

And there stood his big horse!

“Come on Sport! Let’s take a ride!

He can hold us two!”

We climbed on – That horse took off!

And like the wind we flew!

“Hold on Sport! This may get wild!”

Oh my! That horse could run!

Back home, I thought, at my own house

I’d never had such fun!

Grandpa knew where we were going

Right to the big bull pen

“Oh NO!!!” I said and shook my head

“Here we go again!”

“Let’s go Sport! Let’s chase him!

Come on! You’ll be fine!”

“Absolutely NOT Grandpa!

This is where I draw the line!”

“Alright, I guess you win, Sport

Since you won’t chase the bull

And you’re a ‘city boy’ and all

We’ll go find that taffy pull!”

We left the cows and horse behind

And started walking … it was far!

He said we’d have a lot of fun

At the Church Bazaar

Amazing! At the Church Bazaar

Everyone was there!

There were booths and cotton candy

It was like a county fair!

There was a table all set up

And it looked like it was full

All the kids were gathered round it

For the Taffy Pull!

“Grandpa! Grandpa! Do you see?

This is what you said!

We’re doing everything today

That was in your head!”

“I know it Sport. This has been fun

But we’re not quite done yet

Come on now – Just one more thing

Let’s go get soaking wet!”

“Grandpa! There’s just NO WAY!”

But then I smiled at him

This was his ‘Boyhood Day’ again

I said … “Let’s take that swim.”

I heard my Grandpa laughing

“This is where we use to go.

The lake was crystal clear

Out where the oak trees grow.”

The water was refreshing

And warm to our delight

We swam and rested in the sun

Till it was turning night

My Grandpa said he’d wondered

What a ‘Do-Over’ would bring

“But now I know my life’s been good.

I wouldn’t change a thing.”

My Mommy peeked through his room door

In the room my Mom did creep

She saw Grandpa in his rocking chair

Him and me were fast asleep

Grandpa had been dreaming

Of when he was a boy

And my dream was to know him then

Would be my fondest joy!


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      lanealanea 7 years ago from Orange County, California

      How adorable that is! Thank, really enjoyed it.

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      must65gt 8 years ago

      A great poem and wonderful imagination, well written

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      Moneylady 8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Missi Darnell and Quill. Even in hard times there smiles .... Glad you like it!

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      "Quill" 8 years ago

      You have a gift moneylady...allow yourself to create.


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      Missi Darnell 8 years ago from Southern California

      Fantastic!! I can see wonderful illustrations and it sitting in the childrens section on a shelf at Barnes and Noble!

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      Moneylady 8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I loved it! This was so cute. This reminds me of a Childrens book, something like Dr. Seuss.