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My Wish for My Grandchildren


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We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. So For my grandchildren, I'd like better:-



I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches, I really would.


I hope they learn humility by being humiliated, and honesty

by being cheated.


I hope they learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn, and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives them a brand new car when they are seventeen.


It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your 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. 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 streets away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mum or Dad.


If you want a catapult, 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 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 flagpole.


I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it.


And if a friend offers you drugs or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.


I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your 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 ball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mould of your hand.


These things I wish for you -- tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness.


To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.



From a hardbitten, grizzly 'jam-maker' ;-)

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