Friday, January 8, 2010

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw you feed a
stray cat,

and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw you make my
favorite cake for me,

and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I heard you say a
prayer,

and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick,

and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it,

and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw how you
handled your responsibilities,

even when you didn't
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw tears come
from your eyes,

and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking

I looked at you and
wanted to say,

‘Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking'

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

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4 comments:

Shauna said...

Love and hugs to you my friend!

Boy Mom said...

Way to make me cry first thing on a Saturday. You always find the best poems and quotes.

Hope your Holidays were beautiful. Sending you hugs and best wishes for the new year.

LeShel said...

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned how to fly!

Andrea said...

That's beautiful! Thanks for posting it.

on marriage

'Will you, um, marry me?' I haven't seen you in weeks! You don't look happy or excited about the prospect of our marriage! You're asking me to give up my - my freedom, my joie de vivre for an institution that fails as often as it succeeds? And why should I marry you anyway? I mean, why do you wanna marry me? Besides some bourgeois desire to fulfill an ideal that society embeds in us from an early age to promote a consumer capitalist agenda?