Joe Jackson. “It’s Different for Girls”
I remember Joe from the late 70s with this track and “Is she really going out with him”
both show a man who is trying to understand relationships but isn’t having much luck. If I had the insight my seventy years have given me when I was in my twenties, how different my life would have been. But it is the very act of experiencing and learning that helps us grow up and become the people we are today.
I sometimes wish my children would listen to my sage advice culled from those turbulent years and use it to help make their own lives easier but whilst they are happy to ask me for advice on a recipe or how to fix their computers, their love lives are a closed book and I am not allowed to peek at the pages.
On the other hand living with them, watching them grow and mature has been a never ending joy to me. Watching them bringing up their children makes me feel I must have done something right somewhere along the line.
Whatever goes wrong it is not their fault and whatever goes right is down to them
They always complain about looking their worst when they look their best
No matter how much they earn they are always broke
They always seem to arrive at my house just before a meal is served
All boyfriends will at some point be the most selfish, unspeakable disgusting slime balls in the history of boyfriends
All disagreements will eventually be forgotten and all slights and insults forgiven
They can turn rags into designer dresses and designer dresses into rags
The contents of the fridge are their birthright and they can feed themselves and their friends on its contents at anytime
In a pub they never offer to get the first round in. They never say “just make mine a half”
Sometimes, they make me feel so proud of them that I want to cry
© Jeff Price January 2018