Friday, August 23, 2013

If I Had a Hammer....

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Wikipedia, God bless 'em!
Long, so very long ago when I was in 7th grade, a popular song was “If I Had a Hammer” by Peter, Paul, and Mary.  My friends and I were becoming more aware of social and political events, and this song spoke to this new discovery. 


We would sing this song non-stop during lunch break until the rest of the class told us/threatened us to stop.  But the words still rang and I remembered them for years.

Now, I look at that song and wonder what I would do if I had a hammer.  

I am now a realist, where then I was a dreamer.  

I am a conservative, where back then I was a pure socialist.  

My dreams are more esoteric, where then my dreams seemed unlimited.

Hammer 1: Hammer on pinewood plank series.
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What would I do with that dang hammer?  Being pragmatic/practical, I would repair the balcony.  I would build a fairy play house for my granddaughters.  My hammer would be used to smash irritating nails or pots or blocks of rock-hard ice.


What would you do with your own dang hammer?  Are you still a dreamer and think of your own hammer metaphorically?

29 comments:

  1. I am like you, I would be much more pragmatic now but when I was in college I was a total idealist. Life changed me! Now when I see a hammer all I think about is what needs to be fixed around my house. And that I am hopeless with a hammer or any other kind of tool and will likely break my thumb when I try to use one LOL.

    I hadn't thought of this song in years. Now I will be singing it in my head all day. :)

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    1. It would seem that we both see the hammer in a different way than in our youth.

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  2. I still have my hammer, but as the years pass, it seems to be getting a little heavier for me to carry. However, my heart still beats a little harder when I think of the words of my hero, Robert Kennedy, "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were, and say why not."

    This world of "I got mine and the heck with you" gets me down but I still have hope that compassion and tolerance will eventually win out, one kindness at a time.

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    1. Still believe in the ideals of caring for our fellow man. Just am less able or capable to make big changes. But kindness is my kin.

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  3. Hmmm might be a few I'd like to whack with a hammer lol bust a bank vault? My hammer is ready for much

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    1. Perhaps it is a good thing that cats do not have opposible thumbs?

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  4. Saddened by the fact that our desires shrink from being world changing events to the practicalities of our own small world.

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    1. It is up to the youngsters to pick up the load and hopefully listen to the advice of us oldsters.

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  5. My hammer is more of a corkscrew now

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  6. Interesting. I learned in college, when I sang the song, I would never be able to influence the world, so I only worked on my own little area. I told my daughters they would never end starvation in Africa or cure diarrhea in Bangladesh, so work on what they could control. My daughter owns a restaurant, employs twenty or more people, pays a living wage plus health insurance. She's the one who wanted to cure diarrhea in Bangladesh, and is proud of what she accomplished.
    We all have our hammers--we only need to use them for good as far as we can swing them.

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    1. As a teacher, that is what I felt as well. Change the world in which I lived.

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  7. Hammers a little rusty these days and my swinging arm a little stiff but I get in a few licks when I can.

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    1. I bet your licks are better than most full on swings.

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  8. I still try and do a little long distance hammering to end injustice and inequality. And I hope that some of the things I hammer, stay hammered. But yes, some of the dreams are drifting out of my reach.

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    1. I wish those things I hammered would also stay hammered. But, it seems the same old problems keep peeking up.

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  9. Never fully understood that song. I have several hammers. Used them to build a home. My children grew up to be pacifists, humanists. What else could I in good conscience do?

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    1. Keep raising your wonderful gardens, make a difference in the way people eat and think about food.

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  10. I have never been a dreamer myself, and if I had a hammer, I would probably hit my finger with it. Still, 50 years ago someone had a dream and since then much has been accomplished, but much still needs to be done.

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    1. It is hard to believe that Martin L. King Jr. and the march on Washington happened 50 years ago!!

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  11. I'll always be a dreamer, but if i had a hammer right now, I'd hammer that nail that has worked itself loose near the front door.

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  12. I remember that song. :) I'm so old now that if I had a hammer I'd use it to hang the new picture I've got sitting alongside the wall waiting to go up. ;)

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    1. I am embarrassed to admit, but there are a few pictures I have been meaning to hang and they are sitting in my sewing room, gathering dust.

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  13. I'm in the same place as you now.
    And I'd use that hammer to pound in all the nails sticking up on my deck.

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    1. I would repair so many little projects.

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  14. I do have a hammer and it's sitting in the toolbox in my garage. I rarely use it.

    I'm much like you and we probably followed similar paths. I recall the "Hammer" song and the Woody Guthrie stuff. Actually I find that music kind of trite and boring to listen to. Back then I was more of a "Purple People Eater" sort of kid.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Do you remember "Itsy Bitsy Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"?

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    2. I sure do remember that song. Brian Hyland I think it was that sang it. I think I was in the 6th or 7th grade when it was popular.

      Lee
      Tossing It Out

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