William Chaplar

Rookie (August 18,1961 / Trenton, New Jersey)

Don't Stop The Laughter


Because adolescence is inopportune,
too many are trying to grow up too soon.
Instead of believing that your life's a flop,
try remembering where you were when the laughter stopped.

Your dad's always trying to get you to smile,
but you think his humor is too out of style.
Rather than wishing he wasn't your pop,
try remembering where you were when the laughter stopped.

While Mom's showing pictures of you as a tike,
you're wishing that Mother would go take a hike.
But rather than dreaming of some parent swap,
try remembering where you were when the laughter stopped.

There's no telling what kids at your age are after,
but now's not the time to let go of the laughter.
Next time you're embarrassed 'cause your folks took you shopping,
try to do all you can to keep the laughter from stopping.

Submitted: Thursday, February 28, 2013

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