William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THE BEST BIRTHDAY I EVER HAD

On September 28th 1958 I reached the benchmark age of seventeen
That finally meant, I could join up, to serve my Country and Queen
I worked at EB Eddy’s and gave Mom half of my pay
And as a young soldier I made an assignment right away

Mom had nine kids and my dad drank quite a lot
So very little money my Mother ever really got
Joining the Army I was able to help out my Mom
To not help her out that would have been wrong

That was the best birthday that I ever really had
But my joining the Army was not liked by my Dad
I gave six-weeks notice when I quit my job at the Mill
On the 14th of November I joined of my own free will

Saying good bye to sixteen and my job at White Swan
I got on the passenger train and soon I was gone
So that was the best birthday that I ever had
Farewell to Ottawa, my heart was quite glad

Submitted for the July 2008 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “The Best Birthday I Ever Had