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.