WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING
When you thought I wasn't looking:
I saw you hang my first painting
on the refrigerator,
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.
I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick,
and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
I saw you give of your time and money to help people
who had nothing, and I learned that those
who have something should give to those who don't.
I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it,
and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
I saw how you handled your responsibilities,
even when you didn't feel good,
and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know
to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking."
Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend)
influences the life of a child.
How will you touch the life of someone today? Just by
sharing this with someone else, you will probably make
them at least think about their influence on others.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.