Barbara Stevens of South Boston sent us her version of a somewhat familiar email forward this week with a request to print it. Here lately, it seems it’s always an appropriate time to run this obituary of a beloved friend — Common Sense.

 

Today we have lost an old friend,

And it’s so sad to know he is gone.

If you remember Common Sense,

Then don’t forget to pass this on.

 

He cultivated such valuable lessons for us

Like when to come in out of the rain.

He realized that life isn’t always fair, and

When he was wrong, he took the blame.

 

Common Sense lived by simple, sound policies

Like “Don’t spend more than you can earn.”

And “Adults, not children, are in charge of things,” but

Then about overbearing regulations he’d learn.

 

Common Sense lost ground when parents blamed teachers,

For disciplining children that they had failed to do.

He lost the will to live when churches became businesses,

And criminals received better treatment than victims do.

 

Common Sense was preceded in death by Truth, and

By Trust, Discretion, Responsibility and Reason, too.

“I know my rights,”  “I want it now,” and “I’m a Victim”

Are some of his survivors to name just a few.

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.​

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.