Monday, June 14, 2010

When you thought I wasn't looking

"When you thought I wasn't looking,
You hung my first painting on the refrigerator,
And I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You fed a stray cat,
And I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You baked a birthday cake just for me,
And I knew that little things were special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You said a prayer,
And I believed there was a God that I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You kissed me goodnight,
And I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
And I learned that sometimes things hurt
But that it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You smiled
And it made me want to look that pretty, too.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You cared,
And I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked,
And wanted to say thanks
For all those things you did
When you thought I wasn't looking."



This poem was written by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan, in gratitude to her mother, Blanche Schilke.  She didn't thank her mom for the money she spent on her, for the presents she bought her, or for the advice she gave her.  She didn't thank her mother for sending her to the best schools or for making sure she had designer clothes.

But it's a poem that I think any parent would be grateful and happy to someday receive from a grown child.  May it remind us all that the example we set for our children by the way we live is our real message to them.


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