Friday, October 30, 2020

I'm Always Learning Something

A while back I was introduced to this cute poem and wanted to share it with you:


When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids) 

I'll write on the walls with reds, whites and blues,
And I'll bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids) 

When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
And when that is done, I’ll hide under the bed.
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids) 

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry I'll run if I'm able!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

I'll sit close to the TV, through channels I'll click,
I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!" 

~~Barbara Hall~~ 

It looks good, right? However, at first I couldn't get the stanzas to format correctly. After the most recent Blogger update, every time I pressed the Enter key there was a blank space in between lines. I needed the poem stanzas single-spaced with a double space between them.

A little poking around on the Blogger help page gave me some useful information that solved my issue. One of the formatting tabs at the top of the typing screen has more options than it used to. Mine was set to Paragraph style, which incorporates those extra lines. Normal style doesn't. You can switch back and forth between the two. Now I know.

Five years ago today: Too Soon! Go Away!


  1. Great tip from you about the formatting, I hope I remember to use the normal vs. paragraph style for my next post. Cute poem!

    1. Now that I've actually went back and forth with the two styles I'm pretty sure I've got it stuck in my mind...I hope.

  2. A lovely poem, depicting the habits, persons love to practise in their second childhood.

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    1. I'm not much for change, but I am slowly figuring out the new Blogger lay of the land.

  4. I love this poem. And thank you for the Blogger hint too.

  5. Thanks for the formatting tip. So simple, but I hadn't found it yet either!