Just Jim and Me
Written in 1980
It was a hot summer’s day and I went for a swim.
I just did my hair so I didn’t go in.
I sat sunbathing by the side of the pool,
Watching this guy showing off like a fool.
He dove in the water and hit with a splat,
I knew he was hurt from where I was at.
When he finally came up there was blood on his chin,
But that didn’t stop him from throwing me in.
I just couldn’t hate him and I didn’t even try,
That’s how it started, Just Jim and I.
We began to date and as the time past by,
We fell in love, just Jim and I.
I met his parents and he met mine,
So we both felt it was a very good sign.
I loved his Mother without even trying,
I didn’t know at the time she was dying.
When that awful day came it was a terrible shock,
I leaned on Jim, for he was my rock.
On that same day I saw Jim break down,
So he used my strength that he suddenly found.
Being together we got through that day,
But the pain and the heartache will never go away.
From that day on we will never be free.
Together for ever, just Jim and Me.
Our wedding day came after a couple of years,
It was on that day I shed so many tears.
Now don’t get me wrong, I was happy enough,
But I knew for a fact, married life could be rough.
We loved one another that was certainly true ,
But there’s so many years we'd have to get through.
They say when you’re happy the time flies by.
So happy are we just Jim and I.
We moved far away from the people we knew,
To a new life, new people and a new apartment too.
Life was great and so happy were we,
We just found out that soon there will be three.
The months went by at such a slow rate,
I knew for sure that I would be late.
But each day was happy and so full of joy,
When suddenly he came, our new baby boy.
Jim was so proud as a father should be,
So now it was Jim, Baby and Me.
Shortly after Jimmy came along,
We knew our lives there were going all wrong.
So we decided to move away,
Back to our home state we moved that day.
We bought a new home so pretty and bright.
It was just what we dreamed of at very first sight.
Jim had a good job and things were fine,
But he worked so hard from seven to nine.
He started drinking and going to bars,
I would have left him, if we had two cars.
I was so unhappy and in despair,
He saw what was happening, but didn’t seem to care.
I cried all the time and felt my heart sink,
For the more I would say, the more he would drink.
The loneliness hurt, I thought I would die,
What has become of Jim and I?
Our lives went on like that for a few years,
With all the loneliness and all the tears.
I knew our love was growing dim,
And would probably get worse if I stayed with him.
Our second child came at this bad time,
She was a darling and she was all mine.
My world became my children’s, their dreams to fulfill.
Between Jim and I there was a definite chill.
“Oh Jim,” I would cry, “why can’t you see?
It’s not just you, its’ but there’s two babies and me.”
We then met two people we both grew to love,
It seemed like a blessing from the good Lord above.
The people I mentioned were Donna and Mart.
And our friendship was cherished right from the start.
Jim didn’t stop drinking but he cut down a lot.
He showed that he loved me, it’s the feeling I got.
He didn’t go as often to bars or out with the guys,
I don’t want him perfect, just as long as he tries.
Our third child was born the following year.
And Jim cut down considerably on his intake of beer.
He started hunting and fishing with his new friend.
Isn’t funny how a heartache will mend?
Our lives were happy and filled with such love.
Oh here comes Jim with his pheasant or dove.
He plucked it and cleaned it , then handed it to me.
It’s what all good hunters do and its how it should be!
The fish came in schools and the freezer was full.
Sure glad there’s no season, for horses or mules.
He spent lots of time on the river you see.
But its still and always will be, Jim, three babies and me.
Time went on like that for a while.
Looking back on it, I can’t help but smile.
Funny things happened in the next few years,
I’ll mention a few, ‘cause I’m sick of the tears.
Jim was working in Middletown at TMI,
Where he met Dave Pierce, a real nice guy.
Now he met many friends where he worked that’s true ,
But its because of Dave, what I’m going to tell you.
It started one day as I put Jim’s wash in,
Tobacco all over, it was a sin.
When Jim came home from work that day,
I was all over him before he could say.
“That’s Dave’s chew you found in my pants.
So don’t get so mad, you found it by chance.”
For TWO YEARS I believed that Jim’s pants held Dave’s chew.
‘Cause that’s what Jim said and I believed it was true .
Then Jim called from the job one day,
Told me to pick up Dave, Kenny and Ray.
So I did what he said in a very short time.
THAT’S WHEN I SAW HIM, THAT JIM OF MINE!
There he stood as big as you please,
With Dave’s chew in his mouth, I couldn’t help tease!
So its Dave’s chew I found in your pants!
What puffed up your cheek? Don’t tell me you can't!
We started to laugh and Jim started to choke.
He said he didn’t lie it was just a dumb joke.
Funny I said, but I believed for so long.
I felt so foolish that I was so wrong.
I really believed him can’t you see?
That love is nothing without honesty.
It was a funny joke I will admit,
So I forgave him pretty darn quick.
Will I believe him the next time? I thought with a sigh.
I probably will, because it’s still Jim and I.
Before we were married a lie was told too.
Jim told me he was part Indian, I think he said Sioux.
I didn’t question, I believed from the start.
‘Cause he had high cheek bones and was very dark.
It wasn’t ‘til years later when I finally found out,
And it was so embarrassing that I gave him a clout.
We sat down to dinner with his bosses and wives,
When I found out the truth from that pack of lies.
His boss made a statement about Jim being tan,
“In the middle of winter its unusual,” was how he began.
At the time Jim was eating, his mouth full of peas.
So I answered his boss as big as you please.
Jim’s part Indian I proudly proclaimed!
As Jim’s peas flew out, he looked at me like I went insane.
Then as it dawned on him what I said,
His face began turning all shades of red.
He quickly explained why I said what I said,
They all laughed, but I wished I were dead!
After they left our house for the night,
Jim started to explain to put everything right.
He said he forgot what he said years before,
I wished I had as I locked the bedroom door.
It took a long time for me to see the funny side.
‘Cause after all it involved my pride!
But now when I look back on the night I see,
That there’s a funny side to Jim and Me.
Three years ago we decided to take a trip.
The kids were so happy they each did a flip.
It was our first vacation, we had no other.
We went to see my dear, dear Brother.
I say it like that for a reason you see,
It changed all our lives and caused hostility.
The promises my brother made were so terrific and bright.
That we decided to move there that very same night.
When we got home and told our friends,
It was so hard but heartache mends.
We sold our home that we loved so well,
And said goodbye to friends that were really swell.
After we came our lives took new trends,
We started making a lot of new friends.
Jim began working for Gary right away,
It wasn’t what we thought, what more can I say.
I won’t dwell on that because we learned so well.
In losing my Mother was when our world fell.
Through all the trials and troubles this year.
We learned so much about grief and fear.
At first we were sorry our move took place.
But we did what we did and it has to be faced.
We had bad times before so its nothing new.
Since Jim’s now happy at work, our problems are few.
We made up our minds that here we’ll stay,
And we’ll survive, I hope and pray.
Colorado’s so lovely and we now feel so free.
We’re all together, Jim, three children and me.
Looking back on those last 15 years,
On all the happiness and all those tears.
We had a good life together its true .
If you take the good with the bad, you’ll always get through.
What will the next 15 years bring and will they quickly flee.
It doesn’t really matter. ‘cause now and forever,
It will always be, Jim three children and me.