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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