FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN
- 13/ 9/ 2004 <--Prev : Next-->
For my grandchildren,
We as kids in the sixties had the most unbelievable childhood, and we
like to hope that we gave our own children the same glorious feelings,
memories, experiences and love.
But we are a tad concerned for our grandchildren, so for my
grandchildren (one day please I hope and pray !!) I'd like better for
I'd really like for you to know about hand me down clothes and homemade
ice cream and peanut butter sandwiches. I really would.
I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn
honesty by being cheated.
I hope they learn to make your own beds and mow the lawn and wash the
And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are
It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your
precious 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 wants to tag
along, I hope you'll let him.
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.
May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove
and stick your tongue on a frozen ice cube.
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
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa
and go fishing with your Uncle.
May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.
I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a cricket ball 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
It's the only way to appreciate life.