Spare me all the overused (useless) adages, pocket advice, and quick fix remedies.
There is rotten wood all over and termites infesting this house left untended too long.
Could we tear it all down and rebuild brick by brick and nail by nail? Sure.
But it took 42 years to get here in the first place.
Let us collect the good wood, the shingles and crown molding,
Salvage the beams and planks and those nice oak built-ins in the library –
They seem worth saving.
Now assemble the things we need the way we’ve been taught
Through trial and error and trial by fire and plain old trials.
Trying is not the same as doing and there is little enough time for attempts.
No slapdash, hurry up and get it done from here on out,
Just good old fashioned measure twice and cut once and do it right fer God’s sakes.
I’m dog tired of cleaning up after your mess.
It’s plain as the nose on your face and the hole in the roof,
We gotta get going and get this done right.