What kind of person do we want our kids to be when they grow up? What values should we instill in them? Are we teaching them the right thing now? Is it important to become what the society deem as norm and successful? How can they not be caught up in the rat race? When should they know their ABCs and 123s? Should they be put in schools early? Must they go to the best schools? The questions are endless…
All parents want the best for their kids, but what is best? Do we know? Should we know? How can we know? Do we have to wait for another 20 years to see the result…if so, that may be too sad and painful…cos we had made our most precious little ones our guinea pigs. As I was thinking about all these, I chanced upon this beautiful poem.
I Took His Hand and Followed
My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn’t make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.
Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I…
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky
We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood…
My kitchen wasn’t swept today
But life was gay and good.
We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.
We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill…
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.
That my house was neglected,
That I didn’t brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.
But that I’ve helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.
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