Friday, December 01, 2006

To my Child!

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This is a beautiful forward making its rounds in the cyber world. Thought I'll put it in here. The things dealt here are the simple pleasures of life, ones that are very important from a child's point of view but seemingly insignificant in the adult's world.Which adult would want to spend time blowing bubbles? Adults think it is a waste of time while kids think it is the best way to enjoy an afternoon. Ask a kid if you can blow bubbles and see the way their eyes light up!!

TO MY CHILD
Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms. The mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly and screaming inside that little body

And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer. It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day.............


For all the moms and dads who are reading this post, I ask only one thing of you. Spend more time with your kids for they tend to grow out of their childhood faster than you think or you will have lost those special moments forever. The best times I remember in my childhood are the ones I spent with my dad and mom. I still remember the talks that my dad and I used to have when he drove me to classes or the fun that my mom had with me while in the market. True! They taught me the fundamentals of life in those places. The lessons given there have helped me pull through most of my ordeals. I don't think that those times would ever come again even if we tried to recreate that scenario. Now I know the world (atleast a part of it!) and they take me to be an adult. The mistakes that they would have accepted as part of learning then are taken with a small degree of disapproval now. So, friends, make as many mistakes as you can while growing up and learn the lessons. For, you might have to pay a heavier price later. Worse, you might not have a chance to learn them later.

5 comments:

Arun said...

good one. wud only like to mention the other part shud be needed as well - adults shud also spend time with thier parents. many grownups, dont seek-out to parents for any help or love. when they need/realise that, it maybe too late.

Arun said...

ah,looks like its not very "related". ignore prev one.

alpine path said...

Arun, I think this comment requires some thought. If the parents had brought up the kids the right way, the kids would understand that it is their responsibility to take care of their parents in their old age. If the kids see their grandparents being cold shouldered, then the parents cannot expect otherwise from them because the kids always learn from their parents. Also, the parents should inculcate a sense of belonging in the family which, even if the parents and the kids are miles apart, holds the family together. If that can be achieved, then the problem you have mentioned will never crop up. Isn't it so?

Arun said...

yes right - kids more or less do, wat thier parents did to thier parents. but generation gap is also there. but yeah, i think parents always inheritently try to inculcate a sense of belonging, but i can only guess that it can possibly go away once the kids start having kids of thier own. sort of like change of priorites or attention. but i have to admit that i need to obsverse life in real(myself or others) to make this stmt and not out of the air like now.

Arun said...

btw, when i mean grownups shud seek-out to parents, i dont mean they shud take care of them, but i mean the simple things which kids wud have enjoyed/shared with thier parents when they were young. like the simple things the parents shud enjoy with the kids(as mentioned in the port)