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Re: just sharing .. Take time to read...

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Sat, 6 Nov 1999 16:06:39 EST

Dear Arties;
I wanted to share this with you. delete if not interested.

from Paul Harvey

> We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them
> worse.
> 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 meatloaf sandwiches. I really would. My cherished
> grandson, I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you
> learn
> honesty by being cheated I hope you learn to make your bed and mow the
> lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car
> when you are sixteen. I hope you have a job by then. It will be good if at
> least
> one time you can see a baby calf 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 Disney 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 your driver doesn't
> have
> to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as
> uncool as your mom. If you want a slingshot, 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 those newfangled computers, I hope
> you also learn to add and subtract in your head. I hope you get razzed 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 the stove and stick your
> tongue
> on a frozen flagpole. I hope you get sick when someone blows cigar smoke
> in your face. I don't care if you try beer once, but I hope you don't
> like it.
> And if a friend offers you dope 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 the joy of
> holidays.
> I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through a
> neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas
> time when you give her a plaster of Paris mold of your hand. These things
> I
> wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and
> happiness.


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