Just a Boy .......

A happy boy

Got to understand the lad -
  He's not eager to be bad;
If the right he always knew,
  He would be as old as you.
Were he now exceeding wise,
  He'd be just about your size;
When he does things that annoy,
  Don't forget - he's just a boy.

Could he know and understand,
  He would need no guiding hand;
But he's young and hasn't learned
  How life's corners must be turned.
Doesn't know from day to day
  There is more to life than play.
More to face than selfish joy.
  Don't forget - he's just a boy.

Being just a boy he'll do
  Much you will not want him to;
He'll be careless of his ways,
  Have his disobedient days.
Wilful, wild and headstrong, too,
  He'll need guidance kind and true;
Things of value he'll destroy,
But reflect - he's just a boy.

Just a boy who needs a friend,
  Patient, kindly to the end;
Needs a father who will show
  Him the things he wants to know,
Take him with you when you walk,
  Listen when he wants to talk,
His companionship enjoy,
  Don't forget - he's just a boy.

Messy Face

From the menu of Durgin-Park, Boston, Massachusetts.