As I get older, I realize ….

As I get older, I realize there are

things in

My life I didn’t appreciate until it was too late…

I didn’t appreciate the naps they used to make

Me take in kindergarten.

 

 

I long for the day when someone says, “You

Can’t work anymore until you take a nap.”

I Guarantee you, I won’t argue.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate one-Penny candy or milk

That was delivered to your front door.

In the “do-it-yourself” world we’ll never see either of.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate those face-squishing hugs

My mother used to give me.

 

 

Now that she’s gone home to be with the God,

I long for just one more.

 

 

This time I would squish her right back.

 

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the days I danced barefoot

In the rain with my mouth open wide trying to

Get a drink of raindrops.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the sacrifice my parents

Made for my brothers and me to keep us clothed,

Fed and happy.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate mom letting us mess up the

Living room on a rainy day.

 

 

I thought building a tent with a secret tunnel

Is what everyone did on those days.

 

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the marvels of planting a seed

And watching it sprout into a full-grown plant.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the struggles we had to go

Through as a family.

 

 

 

Because of yesterday’s struggles, we have

Strength for today.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the times my Daughters came to

Me and asked those annoying, unanswerable questions.

“What makes a duck quack?” “Why is the sky blue?”

 

 

 

I had no idea they thought I was smart enough

To answer all their questions.

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the times our family had.

I didn’t appreciate those primary School teachers

who went through so much

Trouble to collect toilet paper rolls so I could

Understand what a scroll was.

 

 

 

I didn’t appreciate those clear nights when the

Stars danced with glee showing

Off their awesome Creator.

 

 

 

I didn’t appreciate My Daughters’ “refrigerator

Artwork” that made our house a home.

 

 

 

I didn’t know to appreciate the muddy

Footprints my Girls and I so often found

 

 

making a Path across our carpet

 

 

as a representation of life.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t appreciate the times my children

 

 

fell Asleep in daddy’s arms.

 

 

I didn’t realize it was there they felt

Protected from all the elements of the world…….

 

 

God, I have just one prayer for today.

Open my eyes that I may be able to see

And appreciate the things that you do

each day…..

 

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