Father’s Day

    Here’s wishing all of the “dads” a Happy Father’s Day.

Jake.

FATHER'S DAY

Father’s Day

Any man can be a father

but not all can be a dad

it takes a special kind of guy

to love you when you’re bad,

to make you smile with a silly face

when he knows you’re feeling sad

or to keep you focused on what’s right

even if it makes you mad.

But, there are way too many fathers

that don’t care if you do bad

and they can’t and won’t be bothered

when your feeling down and sad,

because they take no interest

and that alone, should make you mad

for there’s one thing I know for sure

it’s that all kids need a dad.

And so, if you are a lucky one

and for whom life’s not too bad

then you should thank God everyday

for that guy that you call dad

and for those who’re not so fortunate

be oh, so more than sad

for they will never know the love

that you and I have had!

***

Jack Downing

June 19, 2015

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Generation One-Eighty

Now some of you, heretofore referred to as us/we, seem to have a different (make that old-school) perspective on what is now considered to be the “norm,” in regard to corrective action for our own, or anyone else’s, offspring’s deviation from the iron-clad rules of the kingdom, otherwise known as the “homestead”.  And I will give you an example of that and then follow it up with a question. When we were young and we misbehaved, (did any of us really call it misbehaving?) (And no, that is not the aforementioned question.) we were punished by being sent to our room. Where, there were no TV’s, computers, video games and especially, no “Smart Phones” on which we could whine to our friends, by “text messaging” in secret code, of course, that we were currently “grounded” by the dictatorial decree of our parents. No sir! We had to “think” about what we had done and then eventually show remorse (real or imagined) so that we could be released from the prison that was our own house!!

But in today’s world however, with all of the gadgets that technology has provided the youth and in truth, all of us really, being sent to your room doesn’t seem to be much of a punishment to us at all! But, now wouldn’t it be ironic, if when the kids of the current generation misbehaved, their punishment would be; being sent outside to play? Now isn’t that a question worth pondering!

Have a great weekend everyone and let me hear what YOU think..

Jake.

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Just A Few Thoughts I’ve Had

     These may give you a look inside my befuddled mind.

     Thanks for visiting,

Jake. 

Random Thoughts and Other Stuff

Each morning brings a brand new day

and only in God lies the final say

to if or not, one more be passed

so live today like it is your last

………………………………………………………………

 Ben Franklin said

that “Haste Makes Waste.”

But after a look in the mirror

I’d say that; “Taste Makes Waist!”

………………………………………………………………

I once had a duck

a goose,

and a rooster.

But I liked the goose best,

it was my biggest booster.

…………………………………………………………………

Man and beast

are friends at least,

until it’s time

for man to feast.

………………………………………………………………………

I stand alone to gaze upon

my days and years gone by.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried,

I’ve loved and loathed,

but now, I can’t remember why! 

……………………………………………………………..

I believe in assistance

to the needy,

but I detest the enabling

of the greedy.

For without self-respect

that comes from earning the check,

soon develops and fosters

the seedy.

………………………………………………………………………

Liberty demands for our attention,

for freedom’s tethered not, to you and me.

Expecting always, without doubt, its retention,

is folly, and a peril to the free.

……………………………………………………………………………….

You can educate,

the illiterate.

As well, the uninformed.

But ignorance is

the greater task,

for it takes on,

so many forms.

……………………………………………………………………

~Jack Downing~

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Arlington

    Memorial Day, who better to be remembered than those who lie in eternal rest at Arlington National Cemetery?

May God grant them peace.

May God grant them peace.

Arlington

Crosses and stars

perfectly rowed

on manicured fields

so patiently mowed.

*

Red, white and blue

in contrast to green

in every direction

in multitudes seen.

*

Yes, crosses and stars

of alabaster white

precisely so placed

dressed left and dressed right.

*

Markers to tell

the names and the ranks

of those who have passed

and to whom, we owe thanks.

*

To those who have served

to keep us all free

they rest now in peace

with God now, they be.

***

Jack Downing

May 2012

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My Father Who Art In Heaven

Last week when I published “A Mother’s Gift” I said I would re-post something that would honor my father as well, but instead, I wrote the following. As you will undoubtedly see, I took my inspiration from “The Lord’s Prayer” which I hope will not offend anyone.

Have a safe and joyful Sunday,

Jake.

My Father Who Art In Heaven

To my father, who art in heaven

hello, I think you know my name

for I am your son

and since you’ve been gone

I’ve found

the meanings of your lessons.

For since then and to, this very day

I repeat the words you said.

*

But, I ask that you forgive my youth

for I did not understand.

For, I know now, it was those words

that have led to me, the man.

Yes, you delivered mightily

upon you solemn vow

and all your wisdom, thought then, a waste

is residing in me now.

Amen.

***

Jack Downing

May 12, 2015

*

In Memory of:

Frederick W. Downing

Sept. 28th 1917 – May 7th 1969

WW II Veteran, U.S. Army

Rest in Peace Dad.

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The Gold Star Mother

     A few days ago a good blogging buddy of mine (Carl D’Agostino of: “I Know I Made You Smile”)* inspired the following poem, when he published the post: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2015: Mother’s Day”** in which he honored those mothers who have given to this nation the very essence of their being, their child! Gold Star Mothers they are called, but does that say enough of them, does that even come close to describing what they have sacrificed and endured? Or begin to tell of the burden which they have borne since they received the most dreaded of all news?  For the love of this country and all of the freedoms that we have (or had) their son or daughter gave their life to ensure that we would continue to be so free.

     So on this “Mother’s Day”  I too, would like to give tribute and pay homage to those who have given to us their heroes. May they rest in the eternal peace that they have so truly earned.

    So please, if you still can, make your mom’s day a special one, for there are some who will be very lonely today.

Jake.

None gave more.

None gave more.

The Gold Star Mother

The hanging star in the window

tells only of her loss

but never, can that star reveal

the suffering it cost.

For part of her has gone to rest

leaving her here, to grieve

and in its mournful memory

she’ll remain, without reprieve.

Jack Downing

May 2015

* Carl is an accomplished artist, cartoonist and author. Please visit his blog you will not be disappointed.

** In this post he gives the reader heart-wrenching pictures and a poem that salutes these brave ladies. 

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A Mother’s Gift

     Six years ago today my mother passed from this world and into God’s arms, and I miss her dearly. The following is a tribute to her and a true and honest testament of her teachings to myself and my brothers and sister on life and love. Ironically my father passed on the exact same date forty years previously and I will re-print something in his honor later this week.

     I have posted this before, and I feel as strongly about it today as when I published it for the first time, perhaps even more so.

     May God keep her always in the peace and comfort that is Eternal Life.

    Please enjoy this and remember those who have made us what and who we are,

Jake.

Thank you for being such a wise and loving mother..

Thank you for being such a wise and loving mother..

A Mother’s Gift

You filled a space

no other could,

you taught me always

think the good,

of those I meet

along the way,

and that sunrise brings

a whole new day.

To dwell not upon

a hurt or slight,

and let the heart decide

the wrong or right,

of what I do

or what is done,

then let it go

with the setting sun.

But, of all the lessons

I have learned,

there’s but one, upon

my soul’s been burned,

there is no stronger

force on earth,

nor gift, of any

greater worth

than a mother’s love

that’s given free,

to each of us

for eternity,

and wavers not

in life or death,

for it never takes

a final breath.

***

Jack Downing

May 2009

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