The LDS religion, of which I was a member for many years, believes that family history is important. They have one of, if not the, largest number of genealogical records in the world. But they’re not just about researching your ancestry, they also advocate that an individual write his or her history for their progeny. To this end, they’re big proponents of journaling.

Though it’s been years and years since I’ve been a member of the religion, I’m still very thankful that journaling was a part of my youth.  I have journal after journal full of…well…teenage angst. Reading them is an embarrassing trip back through my history, and a reminder that I too was once a self-involved, insecure, know-it-all, wanna-be grown up.

It had been a few years since I read them, but a few months ago I got them out of storage and found this little ditty. One of my very first poems.  Yeah, teenagers those days…

P.S. Hope you appreciate the very 80s Jane Fonda video reference

I’ve Got to Stop Eating

Food no matter how healthy

Should not be eaten unless you are wealthy

And can afford to pay

to have the pounds lost the way

Many people do these days.

That’s why I’ve to to stop eating

Giving my legs and stomach a beating.

Everyday I stuff myself

and pay the price by looking like a fat elf.

I’ve got to stop eating

but do not know how

it has got to stop before

I look like a cow.

Maybe I should exercise

with the music on the radio

or maybe get a VCR

and Jane Fonda’s video.

How will I do it?

I do not know,

but for now I have to find

a way for the fat not to show


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