Sunday, September 28, 2008

For the Children

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my children and all children:

I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room,but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.
I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it.. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with them.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

3 comments:

Gypsy Mermaid said...

aww that was the sweetest post ever!! I have to tell ya I love LOVE LOVE your blog design! Everytime I get on your shop or blog I just ohh and aww at it! Thanks for coming to visit me!!! I love seeing new faces hehe so to say. Have a wonderful Sunday!! BIG HUGS

toodles-
sarah

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Very sweet post! I was thinking the whole time that I was reading it that yes... this sounds like my very own childhood. And I say "Amen"!!

SugarLoveHoney said...

Ahhhhh! Days gone by...I remember lots of those things & I'm going to have my daughter read this when she gets home!
♥~Stevie