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A Badge of Honor
by Mary E Lacey, Desertrat
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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If you have gray hair, be proud!

In the mirror, one more gray hair in my head
Everyday there seems to be one more
Looking in the mirror is something I dread.

Then I think of the children I've raised, and
things I've had to deal with throughout my life
Measles, chicken pox, and breaking up fights.
Taking children to the hospital, sometimes
in the middle of the night.

Teacher's conference, "Do you know what your child did?"
"No, but be sure he won't do it again."
Siblings squabbling over nothing, than smile so sweet,
No mother, it certainly wasn't me!

And as they grew into teens, sometimes sarcastic and mean,
They were sure I knew nothing, they knew it all.
Then there's the mother's curse, the one you had too,
"When you grow up I hope you have children like you!"

The six kids are gone, I'm a grandma now, and somehow
I survived it all.  But just to get even once in a while, when
the parents don't know. I take my wee ones, spoil them rotten and give them back with a smile.

So now I look in the mirror, think of my life, raising children
Making a living, some things good, some bad.  But no,
my gray hairs are not a thing of horror.
Not at all, they show I have lived and are...
                   A badge of honor!

                                       Mary E. Lacey





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Reviewed by Dark Knight 5/30/2013
I have more than a few gray hairs--tho being referred to as Santa Claus seems a bit much-LOL-loved your poem
Reviewed by Steve Groll 11/13/2010
Very nice. That was well done.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 10/13/2010
I have no children of my own--have plenty of gray hair--
Great poem.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/6/2010
This is a wonderful poem of our life paths
and growth Mary!!
the circle continues onward!!
Love's Bounty
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 10/4/2010
Bravo!! You have earned it. Love that part about getting even :>)
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 9/30/2010
Very meaningful Mary. I sure can relate to this splendid made me smile....about the gray hair! Yes, you do deserve a badge of honor and more!!! Sending you Hugs! Thanks for sharing!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Dawn Huffaker 9/26/2010
Wonderful, Mary! I liked this poem a lot! Life is a gift, and gray hair is icing on the cake. :-)

Reviewed by David Maclellan 9/26/2010
Oh Mary, I can totally relate to this wonderful piece of humours truth! "...spoil them rotten and give them back with a smile" revenge is so sweet!
Polishing my own badge,
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 9/24/2010

Reviewed by Swan Son 9/24/2010
I love your poem! Says it all as we go through the stages of our lives -- living through our memories again. When I see the grey that I choose to color, I remind myself of one thing .... there are those I knew who never had to deal with that -- their lives were cut short. So which do I choose? Grey hair doesn't seem so bad after all. Susan
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 9/24/2010
yes you are Mary, this is a great down to earth life piece of verse, loved it, mpl, hugs
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/23/2010
Song of the Survivor and of the honest, experienced mother and grandmother.
Wear your grey with pride, Mary, you've earned I feel I've earned mine.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/23/2010
Ah, how wise you are!
Reviewed by William Baker 9/23/2010
This is great. What fun and wisdom.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/23/2010
What a awonderful piece and a badge of honor to wear with pride...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/23/2010
I look at it this way, Mary: NO dyeing my hair: each grey hair represents another day lived. When born 51 years ago, I was NOT expected to live. Twin sis had a little better chance, but not good ones. I had NONE. Yet by a miracle of God, we're still here fifty one years later, hallelujah; praise You, Jesus! I LOVE each and every grey hair on my head!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 9/23/2010
It must be vanity because I wish my gray hair was brown again. But I can see your point too. Nicely done, Mary.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/23/2010
you bet they are a badge of honor! You lived much and did well now be content with the treasures you have earned!Superb poem!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/23/2010
Very nice, Mary.
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/23/2010
Isn' tit great to be a parent? Gray is great and certainly a badge of honor like the fourth commandment says we should do.

Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/23/2010
Just the thought of such a life has turned my hair grey.

As we were taught, pray for a happy death. Sounds kinda morbid at first, until you realise that it equates to a happy life.
Enjoy your badge with pride.

hey, down there, Regis! 2001 is better. lol
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/23/2010
Amen to that, Mary. Me? I don't have grey hairs. I make sure I keep my head shaved. LOL! Thanks for sharing your philosophy. Love and best wishes,


PS: I just realize that I just gave you your 2000th review. Whoo hoo!
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