Bridge Over Troubled Water

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

If you are over forty-five, you should be able to remember Simon & Garfunkel’s hit released in 1970; from which comes the title of this piece.  If you are younger, no sweat – let your fingertips do the work – download it from You Tube and enjoy something different from your usual sound. It was one of my favorite songs during my growing up years, though I had never really analyzed the lyrics until recently.

Perhaps it is the pain in my knees, the deteriorating eyesight and the noticeable laps in my memory that lead me to think of the many people that had been a bridge over troubled waters in my life. Whatever it was, I decided to look up the words to this song, and was blessed that I did. Below are the lyrics and I hope the song gives a surge of thanksgiving for life in your bones, and inspire you to be that bridge for others who might some day pass your path.

When you’re weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all
I’m on your side, Oh when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down

                When you’re down and out, when you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you
I’ll take your part, Oh when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down

                Sail on Silver Girl, sail on by
Your time has come to shine, all your dreams are on their way
See how they shine, Oh if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind

Many of our children and young adults need bridges to cross the many troubled waters that life in 21st Century accords. If we open the door to communication, they will talk with us, if we allow them to have fun, they will laugh with us; if we encourage them to cry when it hurts, they will lean on our shoulders for strength; however, if we close the chat room, the playgrounds and confuse pain with weakness, we risk losing them to another bridge that may lead them ashtray and soon they will be lost from us.

In looking back, I am grateful for my mother who was a stealthy bridge for me throughout my life. I admit, I didn’t always listen, but she was a rope at the deep end, and a bridge to many troubled waters. She was quiet, with limited academic learning and really not so socially intelligent, but as a mom, she was always available and that was what I needed.  Actually, that’s it – we need mothers that have the time to calm our fears, to listen to our stories and to be available! There is no life free of confusion or trouble, but a strong bridge is what all of us need to win life’s many battles. So take the time and tell a child, “I’m on your side, when times get rough, and friends just can’t be found, like a bridge over troubled water, I lay me down. Sulang ma next time.

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