Childhood Lost.

Yesterday, I found myself “shushing” my kids quite a bit. I woke up with this in my mind —

Childhood Lost

I encouraged them to talk

Now, I tell them to be quiet

I encouraged them to walk

Now, I tell them to slow down

I encouraged them to play

Now, I tell them to do their homework

I encouraged them to explore

Now, I tell them to stop touching this or that

I encouraged them to get dirty

Now, I tell them to go shower

I encouraged them to splash

Now, I tell them to wipe up their mess

I encouraged them to be my playmate

Now, I tell them to give me a minute while I finish my work

I taught them to tell time

Now, they worry about being late

I taught them not to talk to strangers

Now, they are scared of their fellow man

I taught them how to be a grown up

Now, they are no longer children

I’m the one who took their innocence

Now, they will spend their lives in search of it,

And hopefully, over time,

They will encourage themselves…

To speak loudly,

To run like the wind,

To play without a time limit,

To explore without fear,

To dig their hearts into the soil of life,

To take the hand of a stranger who needs a friend,

To splash in the puddles G-d made,

All the while, rejoicing in the freedom of their childhood, rediscovered

And with forgiveness as their childish faith,

They will pardon me, their mother, for giving it,

And then, taking it all away.

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