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Today is Matthew's 21st birthday.  In Sims' tradition, the family gathered to tell him what we like about him.  

Mom Dot went first.  She trotted into her room and returned with a piece that is part essay, part poem.  "My English professor a hundred years ago at Memphis State said I would be a writer one day," she says, "but I just never had that creative yeast to see it through." 

The world has missed out, I think.

Matthew Won't Change
by Mom Dot (aka Grandmama)

Question:  What do I like about Matthew?


Matt is like the Rock of Gibraltar: strong, steady, silent-- unchanging. 

When the world stops turning,
When the oceans stop churning, 
When the last boat sails, 
When all else fails,
Matthew won't change.

When all the birds stop singing,
When all the bells stop ringing,
When all the rivers run dry
and all the crawdads die,
Matthew won't change. 

Wearing a smile or 
wearing a frown,
Dressed in rags or
wearing a crown--
Matthew won't change.

Matt will change the world.
The world will try to change him.
The world will lose the battle, 
and we all will win because

Matthew won't change.

Matthew in his West Point uniform.  Mom Dot is certain he will be a General by time he is 40.

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