Planting Seeds in Fertile Ground

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If you could answer, a resounding yes, to a child,

now, whose all grown up and is matured,

If answering this question of a time from the past,

in terms for him, then to be, as assured.



Did you give to him the best of all chances,

in making the grade, to survive in this world,

Not giving him up and then forgetting his loss,

as out the door, his life was so hurled?



Did you go the extra mile in this duty,

to prepare him for a world of such great demands,

Give of yourself in every way you could,

to be understood, in explaining all of the plans?



Did you take the precious few hours in time,

of the days, so gifted, for God's every child,

See that each one, under a warming sun, found a joy,

and every fond reason, to bring a smile?



Were the babes so entrusted to your waiting arms,

all to receive the best that you ever had,

As you gave the finest in thoughtfulness,

in all of your regards, in this, can you be so glad?



Was your goal, in explaining the hardest of tasks,

a communication of such, in your resolve,

Giving to each that you held in your trusts,

a method to the madness, in things left to solve?



Were children growing up, under your care,

then all meeting their futures and their needs,

Did you plant in soils, of the fertile ground,

the sought knowledge, with the life giving seeds.



If your answer to these inquiries, incessant requests,

are a positive statement, and so ingrained,

Then yours is the world of all dreams fulfilled,

and in young minds, such treasures you've lain.





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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great! I was very lucky to have, I think, 5 poor teacher in my life. My teachers were the family I never had.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for your response,Mhatter99, I understand your sentiment and realize that what you say is so true. As teachers, we accept the role not only as educators, but a valued family member, even if only for a brief time in a child's life. I hope you had valued and loving teachers in your past life.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Have you had a former student, a child in your class when they were younger, come up to you and hug you, then thank you for being there for them when it meant so much. I have, and it made the days without food to eat, using all I had to just pay rent and utilities, facing unhappy co-workers, principals with axes to grind, and superintendents, who could care less about you as a person, then face each new day wondering what new dilemma would be waiting for you in your classroom. I did. I am glad I did, because of just that one moment in time, when I got a thank you from one child.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I think this is something every teacher should read. Beautifully said.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Genna, I do hope more teachers read this work because it may be an uplifting experience and one that helps them each to accept their roles in retrospect.

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