A duty and a promise to my children – Zachary, Tessa, and Hayle
A Parent’s Duty To A Child
Remember what they forget;
and forget what should be forgot.
Cheer them when they are up;
and lift them when they are down.
Listen when you feel like screaming;
and speak proudly when they are listening.
Feed their body and their mind;
then teach them to mind their body.
Be a friend when they want it;
and a parent when they need it.
Teach that there are many kinds of people;
without missing a chance to teach kindness.
Walk in front at the spring of life;
then beside, through winter’s last days.
Build the bounds of shelter;
but break the bounds of love.
See the adult in the child;
and know the child in the adult.
Let their hand go when it’s time;
but never let go with your heart.
And always, always, always believe in them;
even if they don’t believe in themselves.
— Eric Winger
Today’s gift of time … Made a special trip to my daughter’s school with her band instrument after she forgot it.