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Posted by Kenny Kotcher on Monday, January 22nd 2024:

I was a child of the Bronx way back early sixties…
Nothing was important ‘cept the chicks and the beer…
School was just a social occasion… little was learned and less was feared.
Songs were be-bop, doo-wop, and cool…
Hangin’ out was everything… being “with it” was the rule.
Girls wore their hair up… socks were high…
Back seat of a Chevy – a girl and guy…
Balconies, popcorn, coppin’ a feel…
Lookin’ back now seems a bit more surreal.
Memories fade as the years take their toll…
Sure wish they didn’t… it’s tough gettin’ old.
Life can take a strange twist in young adolescence and teens…
Filled with foolish ambitions… made up of foolish dreams.
Perhaps I’ll be a famous musician, or a successful business type guy.
No time to dwell on it… didn’t care then and that ain’t no lie.
See I’m just an average city fella… played stickball, pool, and the rest.
Back in early sixties life was so simple… never ever put to the test.
Of manhood, fatherhood, responsibilities and such… bein’ a provider, a guider,
all seemed a bit too much.
Little was known of those responsible ways…
Nothin’ was valued ‘cept carefree days…
Friends were what really mattered - ‘till drugs came along…
And that changed the scenes… it even changed all the songs.
Life woke up all around my eyes…
Thankfully not too late to my surprise.
Had to do something to break the mold…
It had to be courageous, daring, and bold.
Joined the Air Force… went to Nam… had to do “my bit” for Uncle Sam.
So… now here I sit many years gone by.
Still doing my bit (Top Secret Security Clearance/50 years), still wondering why…
I kinda’ wasted those youthful years of dreaming big dreams, of carefree days, adolescence and teens.
But writing this down I exhale a deep sigh, and try to hold back a tear in my eye…
“Cause if I knew then what I know now”…
Hell… I’d do it all over again, anyway/anyhow!


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