Walk the Line — Two responses

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.”

The first thought came on seeing firstly only the title. We’ve all listened to Johnny Cash singing this. If any of us haven’t, we should.  In the early seventies I remember a parody. Forgive missing lines here, but ..

  • “I keep my close watch on these pants of mine, I keep my eyes wide open all the time, I keep my pants up with a length of twine. Honey if you’re mine, Please pull the twine”
  • Another verse had Johnny keeping his pants up with a length of cord, and ended “Honey, if you’re bored, Just pull the cord.”

Second response… More inline with (aw shucks, folks) the theme’s concept: “Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?”

All these from my Dad’s influence, and as I read them through, I see many which come from and fit into thirty-odd years of enjoying teaching success (following mum’s career example)…

  • Walk a mile in their shoes
  • If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all
  • Do as you would be done by
  • Guard the innocent, arm the victim, teach the growing person *
  • Help those in need
  • Speak for those who cannot
  • Those you bring into your home are yours forever
  • Honour those who have earned honour
  • Stay true to yourself

* I was going to write ‘the ignorant’ or ‘the illiterate’ –but both sound so derogatory and judgemental that I paraphrased as “growing person”, to protect the innocent.

Brownie points for those who recall what radio show used that as part of their weekly intro.

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