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The Right Thing to Do

Written 7 March 2014

Bruce and Jennie, both were 10,
Had been playmates all their lives.
One day, Bruce proclaimed,
“Jennie… most good men have wives.”

He professed his love for her.
Jennie said she loved him too.
They decided that getting married
Was ‘the right thing’  to do.

So, Bruce went to speak to her father,
Who was doing yard work at the time.
“May I speak to you, Mr. Johnson?”
“Sure, Bruce. What’s on your mind?”

“Sir, I love your Jennie;
And Jennie, she loves me;
But we need your permission
To be married… to be “We.”

Impressed by Bruce’s courage,
He knew this confrontation must be tough.
He smiled and asked, “Bruce, are you sure
You love my daughter enough?”

Bruce’s face became stern, he said,
“Mr. Johnson, let me tell you…
I love Jennie so much…and she loves me.
We’re both sure it’s the right thing to do.”

He was moved by Bruce’s ardor,
But permission was not his to give.
So, quick as flash, he responded,
“But Bruce…where will you live?” 

“Sir, I measured her room;
Then I measured mine.
Hers is 40 percent bigger.
We’ll live there.  We’ll be fine.

If we have extra stuff,
We’ll keep that in my room.
We’ll keep our places neat and tidy.
You won’t even need a broom.

And both our parents can save money 
On babysitters too.
Even if you do things on the same night,
You’ll only need one sitter, not two.”

Mr. Johnson was impressed with his logic,
But this marriage idea was no longer funny.
He smiled and said, “That’s good thinking, Bruce;
But what are you gonna do for money?

“Why, Mr. Johnson, I get twelve-fifty a week allowance;
And let me remind you, Jennie also gets ten.
Throw in our birthdays and Christmas cash….
Why, we might even have money to lend.”

Desperate now, he thought, 
“Next, I guess they’ll want a car.”
Then he asked, “But Bruce, what if you have kids?”
"Aawww," blushed Bruce... “We’ve been lucky so far.”

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 3/23/2014 1:05:00 AM
ha, love this... Congratulations... Linda
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Date: 3/22/2014 4:03:00 PM
Robert, , This is a nice entry :)~ congratulations on your win. LOVE ~SKAT~
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Date: 3/22/2014 4:00:00 PM
the last line was the killer!!! Congrats. I enjoyed that.
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Date: 3/22/2014 10:58:00 AM
Congratulations on the win . I appreciate the humor in the write, robert
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Date: 3/22/2014 10:56:00 AM
Well done..congrats on the win
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Date: 3/21/2014 11:09:00 PM
Had to scroll back up. Ten years old huh? hehehehehe. Little fart. :) Congrats and thanks for the wonderful laugh. Peace. :)
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Date: 3/21/2014 10:24:00 PM
Wd was so funny .....Seren
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Date: 3/21/2014 9:49:00 PM
"Lucky so far". Congratulations on the win.
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Date: 3/21/2014 9:24:00 PM
Congratulations on win Jan... Verlena
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Date: 3/21/2014 8:58:00 PM
A well deserving winner - made me giggle. Jan x
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Date: 3/21/2014 7:46:00 PM
Congrats on a fine write and win. It was all in good fun. Ron
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Date: 3/21/2014 6:54:00 PM
Good one, Robert. I see you converted a joke also. Well done. Congratulations on the top spot!
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Date: 3/21/2014 6:47:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this surprising poem. Joyce
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Date: 3/21/2014 5:00:00 PM
it takes a lot to make me laugh, congrats on your first place win in my contest , the only entry that actually made me laugh out loud
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Date: 3/8/2014 3:20:00 PM
date written must be on all contest entries please and thank you
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