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I grew up with Phillip Jones who was our doctor’s son. We built huts amongst the ti-tree and fired the odd slug gun. We went through school together and we hung out up the street; played footy and played cricket, and there’s girls we used to meet. But that was many years ago when we were in our teens, when life was free and easy and we were full of beans. Circumstances ripped our time apart as circumstances can … I took on the factory life and Phillip followed his old man. Doctor Jones our family doctor continued in his trade; he kept our little town alive with choices that he made. Babes were born and people died, and there were heart attacks. He tended those who don’t feel pain and hypochondriacs. But now our doctor is retiring for he’s turning sixty-five, sending shock waves through the sick on how they will survive, But Doctor Jones destroyed the rumours that affected everyone, by reassuring all his patients, their new doctor is his son. So Phillip Jones is coming home, my good old school day mate, and he’s going to be our doctor which really should be great. I’ll make sure we catch up and of course that’s what we did, to talk about the good old days when we were just a kid. I tell you I’m excited when invited to Doctor Jones’ place, he’d put on a dinner party asking me to show me face. Doctor Jones has put his feet up now since Phillip stole the show, and is treating all the patients that his father got to know. But Phillip’s changed an awful lot; he’s inherited a plum. All he spoke about is college and he made me feel like scum. He’s turned into a ‘know all’; a pompous haughty cad, and he even claimed with disregard; he’s smarter than his Dad. Doctor Jones took on the challenge “Why do you say that Son?” And Phillip said “My father dear, for example here is one. Mrs. Wenn the wealthy spinster took heed of my suggestion, and after all her troubled years, I have rid her indigestion.” Doctor Jones picked up his napkin and patted both his lips, “Son, I’m very proud of you but you’re still needing tips. Sometimes I think it doesn’t pay to overload with knowledge … indigestion suffered in this case - is what put you through college.”

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Date: 6/7/2019 1:38:00 PM
Clever, Clever Clever - love this poem - I dislike pompous people and his dad was so right, Phillip needed that lesson, maybe he will take note of it one day, as his own son or daughter grow up, and one day will perhaps use the same plan as his dad did, if his children want to go to college! Well penned Lindsay, Hugs, Jenny.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/11/2019 1:04:00 AM
G'day Jennifer … there is much of this going on the world today. A lesson like this would be hard to take so the ego would be deflated. Thanks once again Jennifer - Lindsay
Date: 6/4/2019 7:50:00 PM
Excellent example of how to make a longer piece flow and keep readers attention. Smooth. Regards David in NZ
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/6/2019 7:41:00 PM
G'day David … these bush ballad style poems are really enjoyed at the poets breakfasts. Thank you for your positive comment David - Lindsay
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 6/6/2019 2:47:00 AM
what a super comment David I totally agree and Lindsay certainly can spin a yarn:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 6/3/2019 6:14:00 PM
looks like dad gave him a dose of his own medicine lol:-) hugs jan xx
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/6/2019 7:39:00 PM
Hello Jan …. me thinks Son has begun a steep learning curve albeit with a bruised ego - thanks Jan - Lindsay - PS: thanks for the leg up on David's comment Jan.
Date: 6/3/2019 5:58:00 PM
WELL done! Exactly as happened to my former doctor and his son! The son's "cure-all" was simply to review an app which told him all the things he could get away with billing the insurance company! Aloha! Rico
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/6/2019 7:36:00 PM
G'day Rico … I don't think your doctor is 'Robin Crusoe'. I'll bet in many cases it is common practice - thanks Rico - Lindsay
Date: 6/3/2019 4:04:00 AM
Haha , brilliant Lindsay, that took the little **** down a peg.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 6/6/2019 7:34:00 PM
G'day Tom … let's hope it did. Too much education can sometimes bring out the aloof - catch you Tom - Lindsay