Many moons ago I worked with a fellow named Bob Bell who was twice my age and would share various bits of information on life with me and one day while talking about relationships he wrote down the following poem for me. I found the original yesterday made a few adjustments and wanted to share the poem with you.
She had seen him and she liked him; He was single- so was she;
She grew interested in him- such a case you often see.
He reciprocated promptly, and it gratified the maid-
In a thousand modest manners her delight the maid displayed.
He was certain that he pleased her, to the turning of a hair,
And was sure that e’en his failings seemed to her as virtues rare.
But within her heart the maiden softly murmured, day and night,
“With a little making-over he’d be exactly right.”
Week by week the two kept meeting; day by day their friendship grew;
Each was certain that the other had a loyal heart and true.
He was sure she was perfection, sure she thought the same of him,
and the trust he thought she carried kept the man in moral trim.
His belief in her perfections made him ask the maid to wed,
And she gave no hint of doubting in the tender “Yes” she said.
Yet this thought was interwoven with her new-found loves delight:
“With a little making over he would be exactly right.”
They were wed. She made him over. He’s another chap to-day;
But in lopping off his failings other things were cut away.
He has lost the faults she censured, but the scars are plain to see,
And she’d like to have him back again just like he used to be.
For she learned a costly lesson: That when God has made a man
He is founded, framed and finished on a pretty careful plan.
And this one-time maiden murmurs in her sorrow, day and night:
“If I hadn’t made him over he would be exactly right.”
Strickland W. Gillilan
This poem could certainly apply to the opposite gender, and you will find some truth in it. I learn things from many people along the way and am grateful. Reminds me of the adage “If you’re having a hard time being grateful for the things you have then try being grateful for the things you don’t have that you don’t want.” No matter, enjoy the poem, feel free to share, have a great weekend and Be Well!