Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Set Your Best Foot Forward

Senator Barack Obama is canceling his campaign events Thursday and Friday to visit his gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii.

Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise Obama, was released from the hospital late last week, but her health has deteriorated and the situation is very serious.

On The Avenue in yet another seriously stimulating and highly intelligent adult conversation between Whynot and myself, I asked "When TOF is on the presidential campaign trail and they are dissecting a book he wrote, what do you think he will have to say about his Mema?" My ever somber hubby's reply.........."he'll say you're Polish"

As often as we think that other people's opinions of us do not matter, to a degree they do. I don't think anyone sets out on their life's journey to be the social outcast, the kid that gets poked fun at, or the crazy woman who always yells at the kids playing outside.

You have no control over what other people think or how they act. You can only control how you conduct yourself. Your actions and behavior will determine how other people choose to treat you and the way they think of you.

Years ago I told my children, never do anything you wouldn't want Oprah or your mom to see. I have a plaque in my kitchen that reads:

One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much I had in my bank account
Nor what my clothes looked like.
But the world may be
a little better because
I was important in the life of a child.

They're good words to live by.

Vote TOF in 2044!

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Kaci said...

Good poem! I like that!

Leah said...

That was hanging up in the daycare I used to work at, given to us by one of the families when their child got too old to attend any longer. VERY neat poem.

Julie said...

Amen, sistah.

Anonymous said...

I think I must live under a rock b/c I don't know what TOF stands for.

However in my own world, I like to think it stands for Tons OF Fun, because I'd totally vote for that any day.

Anonymous said...

OK it took an entire 1/2 a scroll for my memory to jog and realize that duh, TOF is the nickname for your grandson. Don't mind me... told ya I was living under a rock.

Anonymous said...

.........."he'll say you're Polish"

I so can hear him saying that in his deadpan voice.

Unknown said...

TOF is tons of fun, the grandson

Debz said...

A vote for TOF is a vote for fun!! I'll write his name in if he's not on the ticket!!

Great poem btw.

travel girl said...

I just thought about how old I will be in 2044.

Julie said...

I have seen that poem before - love it! Thanks for posting it :) Also, you are polish? Me too!

That Janie Girl said...

We should go ahead and start TOF's campaign fund. ;)

Anonymous said...

I have that poem on my wall too. It is not a plaque though. Just something I printed up. I read it every day.

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