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The Ballad Of Special Eddie
By: Dick Sobsey, Writer

A classic of "Special" humour. Read it and weep... and laugh.

-------------,PART I,-------------

This is a story about special Eddie,,Diagnosed as a bowl of neuro-spaghetti,His mother sat with her friends and cried,While his father kept it all inside ,(If you think you have heard this tale before,You will know for sure when you read some more.

When he was five his mom took Eddie,To school, but they said He's not ready-,He will wet his pants, he will get in fights,He will freak out under the flourescent lights.
It's for his good, we have got to spare him-,a special preschool might prepare him.

So that day in warm September,Was one for Eddie to remember,,For that decision really led,to ten more years of special Ed.
Special teachers, Special books,,Extra special dirty looks.

How we wonder what you are!
Though Eddies social life was plain,,He had more names than kings of Spain.

The school pyschologist declared,He's neurologically impaired,With overlays (coincidental),Social and environmental.
Although the problem just might be,His unilaterality.
The case is really so pathetic-,The cause is probaly genetic

Eddie never did deny it.
He just sat back and he kept quiet.
Year by year, the time went past.
In special seventh grade at last,,His sixteenth birhday finally neared,,Then Ed dropped out and dissapeared.

His teacher wondered what went wrong;
It worried her , but not for long.
She seen this kind of thing before,And frankly she expected more.
Eddie's not the first or last ,Forgotten as the years go past.

-------------,PART II,-------------

Down in a bar on Highway 3,,Today some guy sits next to me,And the bartender brings him a short draft beer,,Smiles and says, Hey, Eddie's here!
Then this beautiful girl runs accross the floor,And gives him a look I've seen before.

She says, when you want to leave, Im ready.
You're really something special , Eddie.
So he told his friends he would be back,And left in a dark blue Cadilliac.
My drink went down like a glass of fire-,If it wasn't Eddie, I'm a liar.

I swallowed my drink, and swallowed my pride,And asked, Who's that who stepped outside?
Eddie, they laughed, Don't you know that face?
He's the guy who owns this place,,The laundromat and the bowling alley ...
And half the land around the valley.

So he owned some little ginmill joint...
What's the moral and what's the point?

I sat awhile and kept on drinking,,Thought and thought and kept on thinking ...
Does it take brains to make a buck?
Poor folks say it's mostly luck;
But he looked happy too, I guess,,In any terms he's a success.

He's not the first and not the last one.
Seems that someone pulled a fast one.
Did we help him succeed,And fill some special learning need?
Or did we only make it tough,For him to show his native stuff?
District schools around the nation,Play the game, Evaluation,Share the credit, pass the blame, ,The funding tells who wins the game.
Uncertainty must never show...
So, never say that you don't know.

Maybe we should take our turn,At saying "We've a lot to learn.",And when we get OUR home work done,,Someday, we might just help someone.
Here's to that day of self -reliance,WHEN MAGIC ACTS BECOME A SCIENCE.

Copywrite Dick Sobsey 1978,permission granted by the author to copy for non-commerercial , educational,purposes please cite source.


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