A Haiku - Family

A Haiku - Family

Mom and Dad gone.

Sons and daughters total five..

Wife and I? Still here..


Ours is a large bunch.

A family can be one.

Often with a pet.


Two can do much more.

Grandkids sum is 18 now.

My! We grew and grew.


Love is the glue stuff.

Memories make it lasting.

Forgiveness? The key.


Family and home

Two words that go together.

Lessons learned will spread.


Reunion this year?

Please, no one missing or lost.

Drawing close again.

There are all kinds of homes
There are all kinds of homes | Source
Yours is yours and their home is theirs..
Yours is yours and their home is theirs.. | Source
There are all kinds of schools, some fancy and some basic.
There are all kinds of schools, some fancy and some basic. | Source
There all kinds of classes, and activities and a wide variety of teachers.
There all kinds of classes, and activities and a wide variety of teachers. | Source
Not all learning comes from books, and much learning is gained by repeated practice.
Not all learning comes from books, and much learning is gained by repeated practice. | Source
Not every skill can be learned at home.
Not every skill can be learned at home. | Source
Gathering the family for more fun times together as a reunion is always special.
Gathering the family for more fun times together as a reunion is always special. | Source
Of course, we do learn outside the home, but much of what we learn first in the famlly is preparation for our later learning.
Of course, we do learn outside the home, but much of what we learn first in the famlly is preparation for our later learning. | Source
We can learn so many things from the older members of our families.
We can learn so many things from the older members of our families. | Source
Specialized learning is sometimes handed down by family members.
Specialized learning is sometimes handed down by family members. | Source

Family: our first teachers. Home: our first school.

When did I learn the importance of a smile, or a hug, or safety from the world, or respect, responsibility, or saving for a rainy day?


When did I first learn that disappointment hurts, or that others are as important as I am?


Where did I first learn that some things have to be earned, and some other things are precious gifts?


Where did I first experience music, or laughter, or tears?


Where did I learn the value of cleanliness, the importance and delights of food and drink?


Where did I learn to be fair, to compete, or to lose and try again?


Where did I first experience praise, discipline, and sacrifice for the common good?


Where did I start to learn my sense of values and respect for others?


And where did I start to learn that failure isn't permanent?


I was one of the lucky ones, and I had most of these opportunities and experiences as part of a family, and in a home we called our own. Not all are so fortunate. There are other lessons which many children have to learn in order to even survive each day. This list could be, and of necessity is much longer for others.



Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you for a great poem


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Thank you for a great comment.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

That is so touching and beautiful from a standpoint of love and family. It is also ingenious from a writing standpoint. Voted you up and beautiful.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Such wise words and I love the haiku. I was lucky too; my family were lovely, those who remain still are and the younger ones are still increasing!

Yes, we learn so much from our parents, grandparents and others. How hard it must be for those who don't have such people around them or who have them but are abused instead.

Lovely words that make us think and realise how blessed we are and how we should help others not so fortunate. Great hub.

Ann


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wonderful poetry and thanks for sharing.

Eddy.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Eiddwen - Two reunions here and I'm soon able to get back to your latest.

Thanks for reading and commenting on this one.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Enjoyed your poetry. Family is so important and it's always great to have special memories to treasure forever. Loved your pictures. Passing this on.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I can relate to the joy of family. Awesome!


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Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

An awesome read and a peek into the meaning of your family... very well done.

Blessings from Canada


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Well expressed sentiments. Family is so important and provides shelter not so different from a great oak tree that provides shade and shelter for so many. Up and beautiful!

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