Return to the Joy

Return to the Joy ©
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
July 20, 2023

Do you remember childhood wonders
That used to bring such joy?
Like Saturday morning cartoons
Or a technology-free amazing toy?
Those mini plastic dinosaurs
All neatly lined up in a row
Then Dad would suddenly shout “Let’s go for a drive!”
With no particular place to go
Those magical streets we would endlessly roam
Until exhausted dad would be
Then back to the apartment we fondly called home
If lucky, “I Love Lucy” we would see
Today I yearn for those simpler days
When toys would thrill and delight
When animated friends on that bulky TV
Were such a magical laughter-filled sight
Well you know there really is no reason
To pretend they’re a thing of the past
What brought you simple pleasures back then
Can still deliver a therapeutic blast!
So share your mornings with Daffy, Porky and Bugs
Watch “I Love Lucy” whenever you can
Buy a toy if you’d like for a child or yourself
Trust me, it’s a very well proven plan
Grab happiness with gusto and monumental verve
There’s truly nothing you need to fear
I certainly cannot pressure you to take my advice
I just want you to ponder and hear
That the treasures that brought you joy way back when
Are still out there shining vivid and clear
Return now and then to what brought you joy
To when life was a simpler time and place
My wish is for you to gaze into your mirror
And see a more peaceful and laughter filled face

About this poem

Sometimes we must return to the simple childhood pleasures that brought us joy.

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Written on July 21, 2023

Submitted by shulman.gary on July 21, 2023

1:22 min read

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,454
Words 276
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 3, 34

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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