Words of Wisdom Found in the Most Unexpected Places

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Joan Lunden

Aging Well /


While in Maine this summer Jeff and I took the kids out to eat several times to a restaurant called the Black Bear. It was a real family restaurant, so when our kids were loud and rowdy, we found relief when others children there were even louder. On one visit, during the fifth trip to the bathroom with a child, I noticed a poem on the wall entitled “Gonna Be a Bear”. It made me smile, and I wrote it down.

In this life I am a woman.
In my next life I’d like to come back as a bear.
When you are a bear you get to hibernate.
You do nothing but sleep for six months.
I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate,
You’re supposed to eat yourself stupid.
I could deal with that too.

When you are a girl bear, you birth your children,
(who are the size of walnuts) while you are sleeping
And wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs.
I could definitely deal with that.

If you are the Mama bear,
Everyone knows you mean business.
You swat anyone who bothers your cubs.
If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too.
I could deal with that.

If you are the Mama bear,
Your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling.
He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs
And excess body fat.
Yup, gonna be a bear!

About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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