Monday, May 4, 2020


Writers' Pantry #18    and I've taken some time
to consider things I used to think on life's
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United
April 4, 2020

Life's been good to me, and I consider lessons learned and some of the things I used to think......

* I used to think there is always tomorrow; but, as one by one people in my life have passed into what comes after, I’ve  come to know there are no guarantees and each day is a gift.
* I used to think if I gave someone my very best, I’d get their very best in return.   I’ve learned, however, that with some people,  their very best  falls far below my expectations.
* I used to think people with a college degree were superior to me.   I‘ve learned that being,  perhaps,  more knowledgeable does not equate to being superior.
* I used to think it was crucial to be at the head of the line at the traffic signal.  Unfortunately, I still tend to feel this way.
* I used to think one day I’d be a size 10.  I’ve come to realize time is running out.
* I used to think I was always right.   I’ve learned that, on rare occasions, I can be wrong.
* I used to think “cough” and “sprinkle” had nothing whatsoever to do with one another, but I’ve come to know there’s a certain synchronicity.   Think about it.
* I used to think everything was black or white, right or wrong; but I’ve come to know there are infinite shades of gray.
*  I used to think John Edwards and Tiger Woods were honorable men.
*  I used to think I would always wear stylish shoes, but now I’m comfortable in my orthopedic wedgies.
* I used to think “by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin” was about a bearded man, but now I know it is just about an old woman.


  1. Deep ponderings with an excellent touch of humour. Nice one indeed.

  2. Excellent conclusion about the college degrees!

  3. Such well-worded wit and wisdom! These are gems.

  4. Reflections, reminisces, points to ponder and all wisdom to pass on to the next generation. Each one rings true.

  5. But that is life isn't it? We never stop learning. What a great post this.

  6. Ha ha on that last one! I could relate to just about all of them!

  7. Definitely agreed on the shoes. I'll take whimsical Mary Jane shoes over heels any day.

  8. I resonate with the infinite shades of gray, Beverly!💝 A heartfelt write.

  9. Thank goodness for the mind that is willing to change! What we used to think may not always serve us well today.

  10. Love this, Bev. It's good to reflect from time to time on certain things we tend to presume. Your piece is full of wisdom, but importantly some of your thoughts made me laugh so hard. 😀 Thank you so much, I've enjoyed your piece.🙏🏽