One of my biggest pet peaves are people who complain about things that they have some control over. I shouldn’t be able to complain if there was a big project that I was responsible for that didn’t get done. But I also shouldn’t complain if a personal interaction goes wrong (saying it was entirely the other persons fault). Take responsibility. You affect more in your life than you think.
Don’t Blame Me
The girl’s mother said, “Don’t blame me.
Her father left when she was three.
I know she don’t know her ABCs, her 1,2,3s,
But I am poor and work hard you see.”
You know the story, it’s don’t blame me.
The teacher shook her head and said,
“Don’t blame me, I know it’s sad.
He’s ten, but if the truth be told,
He reads like he was six years old.
And math, don’t ask.
It’s sad you see.
Wish I could do more, but it’s after three.
Blame the mom, blame society, blame the system.
Just don’t blame me.”
The judge was angry, his expression cold.
He scowled and said, “Son you’ve been told.
Break the law again and you’ll do time.
You’ve robbed with a gun.
Have you lost your mind?”
The young man opened his mouth to beg.
“Save your breath,” he heard instead.
“Your daddy left when you were two.
Your momma didn’t take care of you.
Your school prepared you for this fall.
Can’t read, can’t write, can’t spell at all.
But you did the crime for all to see.
You’re going to jail, son.
Don’t blame me.”
If there is a God or a person supreme,
A final reckoning, for the kind and the mean,
And judgment is rendered on who passed the buck,
Who blamed the victim or proudly stood up,
You’ll say to the world, “While I couldn’t save all,
I did not let these children fall.
By the thousands I helped all I could see.
No excuses, I took full responsibility.
No matter if they were black or white,
Were cursed, ignored, were wrong or right,
Were shunned, pre-judged, were short or tall,
I did my best to save them all.”
And I will bear witness for eternity
That you can state proudly,
“Don’t blame me.”
– By Geoffrey Canada – February 2007
I was lucky enough to be present to hear Canada speak the other day. One of the major players in the film “Waiting for Superman” was a fascinating speaker. He mostly spoke about the present situation in public schools and how our education system is broken in parts. This isn’t the point of this post though. The point of THIS post is for people to take more responsibility for what goes on in their worlds. I’ve touched on this before but I thought this poem was too good. I had to share.