Musings and Other Nonsense - Children's Stories, Poems and Songs

Future Me

March 10, 2021 Peter G. Reynolds Episode 24
Musings and Other Nonsense - Children's Stories, Poems and Songs
Future Me
Show Notes Transcript

If you met your older self, would they happy to see you? If you met your younger self, what would you say? Find out in the fun rhyming story. Perfect for the child and grown-up in you!

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This episode is called Future me

I looked in the mirror one morning, 
And I couldn’t believe my eyes.
On the other side of the mirror,
Stood a man that was twice my size! 

I had never seen him before, 
But he didn’t feel like a stranger,
And since he was on the opposite side,
I wasn’t in any real danger. 

His hair was grey at the edges.
His eyes were bleary and red.
His stomach stuck out, just over his belt.
He was certainly very well fed!

He was looking rather exhausted,
When he suddenly let out a yawn.
Inside his mouth, I saw his teeth, 
Were brown, or rotten, or gone!

His chin was hairy with stubble,
His arms were flabby and thin,
Funny, I thought, he looks like me,
Or perhaps, I looked like him?

Ok, this is getting quite silly.
This must be some kind of joke.
I started to speak and to my surprise,
My reflection suddenly spoke!

I looked in the mirror one morning, 
And I couldn’t believe my eyes.
On the other side of the mirror,
Was a boy who was half my size!

His skin was soft and perfect, 
He had shiny and thick brown hair.
I let out a yawn and saw that his teeth
Was white, and all still there. 

I knew who he was right away, 
That nose and mischievous grin.
Sadly, I thought, has it been that long, 
Since the day I looked like him?

He looked like he hadn’t been sleeping.
You could tell from the red in his eyes.
I could see that his belly was starting to bulge
With chocolate and burgers and fries. 

Ok, this is getting quite silly.
This must be some kind of joke.
I started to speak and to my surprise,
My reflection suddenly spoke.

What’s going on? Are you real?
Or is this just dream?
Is this some kind, of joke or trick? 
Tell me or I will scream.

We spoke on top of each other. 
Which was really quite the worst.
I pointed at him, and politely said,
Alright, you can speak first. 

The reflection asked, how old I was.
I’m ten, was my reply.
That explains a lot, he said.
Now here’s the reason why.

When I was you, I didn’t know 
How soon I would be me.
That mom and dad we’re always right
But I did not agree.

What did they say? I asked myself.
This sounded pretty bad. 
I always listened to my mom
And sometimes to my dad. 

You always stayed up way too late.
You’re always in a rush.
You hardly ever washed your face,
And never ever brushed. 

You never looked at healthy food.
Not even just a glance.
You never, ever exercise. 
I never had a chance! 

I’m not at fault! I shouted. 
Though I felt a bit shame.
You’re the one who let us go.
It’s you who are to blame!

You could have stopped the snacking.
You could have exercised.
I’m just a kid, I didn’t know.
You should have realized!

He looked at me and said, You’re right.
This isn’t all your fault.
I could have started jogging more.
Laid off the sugar and salt.

But 

The sooner we start good habits.
The sooner they start to stick.
To grow up happy and healthy
Good habits will do the trick.

He was making a whole lot of sense.
I needed to look ahead.
To avoid being him, when I grow up,
I’d should listen to what I said.  

We decided to work together.  
A truce, for both our sakes.
I agreed to eat all my vegetables.
He agreed to lay off the cakes.

Every habit I promised to start,
He promised to see it through. 
I’d brush my teeth, he’d get more sleep
That’s what we decided to do.

Then before my eyes, he changed.
It was an incredible sight. 
His stomach got smaller; his arms got stronger.
His teeth became gleaming white.

He reached out his hand, and I shook it.
We had learned our lesson you see.
That taking care of yourself today, 
Makes friends with your future me. 

I hope you enjoyed the episode. If you did, please check out my dad’s rhyming picture book. Lost Hallway, Where do Lost Things Go. He also has a middle-grade chapter book called Stitches in Time Travel, both are available on Amazon. You can learn more, at storiesbypeter.com where you can subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates and news. See you next time!