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BIG PLANS

 

This morning as a 71 year old man walking with Deborah on a beach in Florida… 

I thought back to the big plans I had as a boy…

plans that would bring me wealth and fame and lead to happiness and joy.

 

Plan A was be a baseball star…the best outfielder of them all!

Unfortunately I was never very good at hitting, catching or throwing that little ball.

 

Plan B was to be a football star…they play with a bigger ball.

but when it came to playing football…it was me who as too small

 

Plan C was to be a rock star…not bad for a third choice.

But a plan that was quickly abandoned 

as people covered their ears when they heard my singing voice..

 

Yes, I was going to be famous and wealthy…

with legions of adoring fans…

but it seems the Gods, or fate or destiny…

for me…had other plans.

 

I never planned to be a teacher…they’re not famous or wealthy…

Is that even a career?

Yet there I was a teacher…for almost 40 years.

 

I never planned on being a husband, a father, a Pop-Pop

No, these things I never planned to be…

I planned on being a free spirit…not having people who depended on me.

 

But a teacher, a husband, a father, a Pop-Pop…I am all of the above

How is it possible so many things I never planned…I have come to love?

 

Speaking for that boy in Ohio…

now a 71 year old man walking with Deborah across the Florida sand….

It’s amazing how happy that boy and I are…living the life we never planned.

 
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MY PLANS

I had so many plans when I was just a boy…

plans that would bring me fame and wealth…happiness and joy…

 

I planned to be a pilot…I planned that I would fly…

up among the birds and stars…as I soared across the sky.

 

I planned to be a movie star…I planned to live in Hollywood.

I planned to travel around the world…making all the movies that I could.

 

I planned to be a football star…quarterback was my goal.

I planned to lead my team right down the field…and to the Super Bowl.

 

I planned to be a rock star…my music would be the rage…

people would smile and wave and call my name…as I played upon the stage.

 

I planned to be a doctor…and I planned never to be vain

as I cured people of their sicknesses…and eased them of their pains.

 

But a teacher(?), husband(?), Dad(?), and PopPop(?)…these I never planned to be…

It seems, to me, that Destiny…had other plans for me.

 

Yet not a day goes by that I don’t smile…softly clasp my hands…

 

and thank my lucky stars…to have this life I never planned.

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