SoCS March 5/16 – This and That


This is my stream of conscious for today.

When I think back on my life, which I have to point out is getting longer by the day, I have experienced a bit of this and that as I’ve gone along.

You could equate my this and that with ups and downs, with good and bad times and I don’t think I’m any different to anyone else in saying that.

I try and imagine how it could have been any different if the people who impacted on me as I grew up, who terrorised me in relationship and who thrilled me as a parent had been any different but then I’d have a whole different this and that to talk about wouldn’t I.

So my lot in life is what it is.

You could argue that in terms of “getting” anywhere in life I have been a failure. I never achieved fame, I didn’t write anything anyone remembers, unless you count the notes I left and were preserved in the boys toilet, third cubicle, back in sixty-seven.

In employment I started at the bottom of the food chain and successfully stayed there my entire career, passed over on numerous occasions.

As a father I did have some success, a bit more than the usual humdrum of the ‘this and that’. That I sired six children could be seen as both a success and an act of stupidity as it did bring me childbearing years of poverty.

But thankfully for me they are my success in life so just as you are no doubt thinking of me as one of life’s cellar-dwellers they are something I am extraordinarily proud of so take that.

This then is where my mind has taken me in dealing with this week’s “this and that”.



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11 Responses to SoCS March 5/16 – This and That

  1. Forgive me, but I had to laugh at the six children, being a success and act of stupidity and poverty. Great line! Loved this, Michael!

  2. I have one child, a son, and he is now and will forever be, my greatest accomplishment. When one can say–as you have–that one’s children are their greatest accomplishment, to me that means they raised good, productive people. Who can ask for more?

  3. joey says:

    I don’t know if I ever knew who said or wrote it, but one of my favorite quotes is “Children are a poor man’s wealth.”
    No small feet, raising 6 🙂

  4. LindaGHill says:

    Our children are indeed our path to immortality. Whether we’re remembered or not.

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