“WHATIF” by Shel Silverstein

“Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear,
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I’m dumb in school?
Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there’s poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don’t grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won’t bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don’t grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems swell, and then
The nighttime Whatifs strike again!”

Don’t let the “what if’s” strike in our collective efforts to improve quality and Medicaid funding in Texas.   We must leave it all out there in our efforts to support SB1050 (Hughes) and HB3342 (Sheffield)! Make every phone call, and then one more.  Talk to each of your elected officials, and then one more.  Ask every family member and staff member to get involved in contacting their elected officials to fix our funding crisis, and then one more.  Your communities, your residents, staff and families are worth it and there’s nobody better to hear from than you who take up the commitment each and every day.

Onward and Upward