Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Trying To Buy Love For Five Cents

I'm sorry to short-change you but I can't quite recall the many wonderful things that must have occurred between the ages of 0 to 5, BUT you can probably imagine it must have been good! Learning to walk and talk, increasing my vocabulary daily the world was getting a better understanding of what made me tick! I sometimes wonder though what type of baby they considered me to be...cute and adorable? A cry baby? Knowing that I tend to be a rather conservative laid back individual in all likelihood I wouldn't say 'cry baby' best defined me.

The time finally came that my parents insisted I go to school. At first there was kindergarten and then grade 1 and 2 and it seems like somewhat of a moot point for we all know that 2 normally follows 1 but not for some. I knew of an odd gifted child who was given the privilege of skipping 2 and were put right into 3, but I'm glad that wasn't my fate! I say that for the reason that be honest....the grade 2 teacher was a real doll, or babe, or however else once could describe a pretty one of the female gender so no I didn't mind NOT skipping ahead.

For sure I guess you could say that was my first crush and I probably wouldn't have minded if she held me back an extra year by having me fail. I would have graduated some day, but it would have looked a little odd being about five years in the same grade. Come to think of it my dear darling wife kind of looks like my grade 2 teacher although my wife is a great deal more prettier. I was sent to the third grade the following year and immediately fell for I a girl my own age.

I did a rather unusual and strange thing when it came to her. I had a silly notion, that I think came from the Beatles, that if I gave her something precious, like a nickel or a five cent piece that all would be well and that she'd be forever mine. Understand this now, lest you consider my nickel of little import, but back in the 60's a nickel or a five cent piece could buy one a whole bag of Humpty Dumpty potato chips so as you can see I was offering her a pretty good treat.

Alas, she didn't see it that way and refrained from taking the money. I do realize and admit this "love" was of the puppy kind or the sort not like the strong devotion I felt towards my teacher the year before , but I'm sure it was none-the-less heart felt and sincere. For a few weeks I blamed the Beatles for you see their great song had just come out was, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and when I think of it now that was probably the very thing that inspired me with the thought of all what I wanted to do with this girl..."Hold Her Hand"

The Beatles also taught me a good lesson by the lyrics of their other song that came , "Can't Buy Me Love". When I heard it I felt like screaming, DON'T I KNOW IT!!! I kind of wondered if maybe one of them experienced the same thing as a child that is trying to give a girl a nickel to win her devotion and were flatly turned down in a similar fashion as I.

They did sing after all, "I'll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too, I may not have a lot to give but what I got I'll give to you". I kind of think though they had a lot more to give then just a nickel or a five cent piece. Undoubtedly it was probably more like a dime, a quarter or maybe even a whole dollar! Oh well the lessons of life are learned. One can sing "Got To Get You Into My Life" all one wants but sometimes the answer from the other is just plain no!

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  1. It's interesting that when you were a boy you related love or deep friendship with the giving of gifts and/or money. Even thou children have little to give...that was cute:-)

    However, there are many people of the 'adult' variety that use money to gain love and/or acceptance in most cases the wrong places!!...where do we learn this?

    Sometimes when my hubby and I have a disagreement and if he feels any remorse or guilt he tends to take me out to dinner...or shopping...I gather, to make a 'mends'...which in and of itself is nice and thoughtful...

    But again, it begs the question of why?..Why do most people believe that the giving of monitary gifts is somehow the answer to every equation?

    hmmmm...some food for thought!

    Love it Dad..keep posting!! :-)

  2. What do you mean money can't buy love? When we were married you gave me three million dollars, 10 diamond rings (one for each finger) and a trip to California. Not :) ha ha ha