Are you feeling blue

Me time

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You woke up this morning feeling lonely, used. You hug your honey and and he goes hmmm. Not much of a response you think. He rolls over and gives you a half hearted kiss. Just another day, you think. You get up and rustle the kids to get ready for school. You pack their lunches, feed them breakfast and walk them to the bus. By the time you get home honey is ready to go to work. He gives you a kiss and off he goes. A kiss on the cheek and he is gone. You get ready for work. You pause for a minute and think;   Same old routine, day in day out . I go work my part time art class to teach people how to paint,but I do not enjoy my own painting . Something got to give. What do I do?

You woke up to the Elvis Presley song in your head, “Are you lonesome tonight” and it got you thinking. My family surrounds me, yet I feel alone,empty. You enjoy not having empty chairs in the parlor and still with your family all these wonderful years, but that song pushed a button. What are you missing?  You go to your art class and give it your all. One of your students, John, an elderly man says thank you for such a great art class. You nod and say thank you in a matter of fact way. He notice the difference in your voice and spirit. “Are you ok?” He ask.” Yes” you respond in a half irritated voice.  John stops at the door and says, ” You have time for a cup of coffee?” You have time ,but you do not wish to take it but John insist.

They walk to the school cafeteria and John says, ” you seem a bit despondent today can I help you?” John caught you by surprise and you are a bit rattled. “Is it that obvious ?” You ask. “No, I was in a similar spot at your age. I was lost for awhile because I did not hear my wife calls for help. She new I was lonesome yet she was with me twenty – four seven. She was desperate to help me out. Then one night she rolled over in bed and said, John you need to do something for yourself. Something just for you that will restore your vitality. You do so much for everyone else, you forgot to take care of you.”My wife was exceptional human being, who reawakened my spirit. Do you need to reawaken your spirit?” John stands from the table, not waiting for a response and leaves. You sit there thinking to yourself, John is correct, I never do anything just for me.

That Night you go home and ask for some me time. You hand your two kids Pam and Paul an alarm clock set for six every morning. “You two get up for school as I make you breakfast and make your own lunches . You come to the den and kiss me good by and walk to the bus stop. You are old enough to have some responsibility. I will be in the den painting and hopefully building my business. Once a month I will spend a day at the spa to rejuvenate my person. Sunday is family day and do not ask to be somewhere else. Dad and I will go for a weekend every other month. Keep up good grades and we will go somewhere together. I love you but I need my me time. Any questions?” Dad and the kids rush up to you and give you a hug. The world seems to lift off your shoulders.

How about you? Do have some me time? P.S. Thanks John!


What Do You Have To Give

What do you have to give
To make the world a better place to live
If you have no money
Only a bubbly personality that is funny

A personality that makes the world shine
Intelligence that makes little people’s minds come alive
If you have no money
Only time that is sweet as honey

You give all you can give:A quarter
To the man on the corner
A smile
It will be remembered for a while for a while

If you have no money
Just a personality that is funny
Time to help people forget
Life’s heavy burden; a heavy debt

It is said laughter makes the sick heal
Donations have a greater appeal
I hope when I am close to death
Friends come by to make me laugh instead

No sad faces when I die
I want Laughter by my side
What do you have to give
To make the world a better place to live


Author: tmnugent

Poet Author. Living in Costa rica Pura Vida. Love to travel, play with my dogs and write poetry. My girlfriend and I enjoy life and could't be happier living here

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