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How Old Is Old

Since time began, there has been a generation gap
And all their opinions will never change, because of their age
Seems like today's time, the gap has become more extreme
Now they wear their caps backwards, don't use it as a thinking cap
No more respect, this brings older people to sudden rage
It is a nightmare, not the American dream

When asked how old I am, I just smile and say
"Man, I am like Old Testament old""
"You know the Ten Commandments and The Golden Rule""
"In school the taught the 3R's and it was all right to pray"
In response some will say, "Wow Old Dude that is cold"
"You really are from The Old School"

Not knowing who George Washington was or what he did
"Isn't he the old gray haired dude on the one dollar bill"
Not knowing if he chopped down the cherry tree or the money tree"
It sure was not like this when I was a kid
What in the Hell has happened to this country
But then to a point God does us free will

The fault lies on both sides in need of repair of the gap that will continue to grow
Like back to basics and thinking with common sense
And knowing who really wears the crown
That is the only way all of us will ever know
For all of us, it is our only defense
Not when  asked what is 2 plus 2, " Back off Pops, the computer is down"

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  1. Date: 3/10/2010 1:40:00 PM

    that last one just really GRIPES me, the stupid kids at the checkout who can't figure out what change to give ya when YOu give them a dollar and two cents for 82 cent item GOOD GRIEF> We have raised a nation of idiots. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 10:09:00 AM

    Times have changed some for the good and some not so good. There used to be prayer in school for if you couldn't pass the test or misbehaved to the principal you were sent then when dad found out behind the woodshed you went...Then you prayed even more...Lord please help me avoid the punishment..Slowly you learned to do what was right...Much to God's and your parent's and teacher's delight. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work. Sara

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 8:41:00 PM

    haha.-old dude that is cold- i love your stories Danny Nunn! keep going Cowboy. we're waiting for the Devil's Wife! -Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 12:20:00 PM

    funny, age is a state of mind really, just grown or not.

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 9:59:00 AM

    Oh, this strikes a relavent chord for me, Danny. Some of our young people have little respect for those who are older and wiser. And the study of history has fallen by the wayside. Makes us fear for the future of our country when we think of youth not learning from the past. Powerful! Love, carolyn

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 5:45:00 AM

    so amusing!