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  • C&W W&W

    Posted by Ginny on February 24th, 2008 (All posts by )

    I always tell my kids not to peak too early, but Paisley does it better in “The Letter”:

    If I could write a letter to me
    and send it back in time to myself at seventeen
    first I’d prove it’s me by sayin’
    look under your bed, there’s a Skoal can and a Playboy
    no one else would know you hid
    and then I’d say I know it’s tough
    when you break up after 7 months
    and yeah I know you really liked her
    . . . .
    and I’d end by sayin’ have no fear
    these are nowhere near
    the best years of your life.

    (Each decade I push back the appropriate peak decade.)


    2 Responses to “C&W W&W”

    1. Robert Schwartz Says:

      I read the lyrics. It is cute, but teenagers won’t listen to their adult selves if they could communicate with them. It is fundamental to their condition.

      BTW: I took a typing class in high school. 45 years later I am still a two finger typist.

    2. Lumina Says:

      Ruefully, I agree. If we choose to grow up, I think we’re more or less doomed to individually being “sadder but wiser.”

      Still, I think Paisley, a young father,captures just what we want to teach our kids…that every year is better, that travails truly are temporary, and that life sometimes works out pretty well in the end if one hews to honor and effort.