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.
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.
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