Wishes For My Grandchildren
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that
maybe we made things worse. My brother Jerry was
famous for his Jerry's World phrase "When I
was a kid!", and as I grew older, I may have
forgotten a lot of those times. We now have 4
beautiful grandchildren, with (at least) 1 more on
the way, and 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 meat loaf sandwiches.
I really would.
they learn humility by being humiliated, and that
they learn honesty by being cheated.
I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies 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/sister.
And, it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he/she wants to crawl under the covers with you because
they're scared, I hope you let
hope you don't isolate yourself playing make
believe video games, rather, find a lot of friends
and go outside to play ball, red rover, 4-square,
dodge ball, or pickle!
When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let
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 you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your
Mom or Dad.
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 computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.
I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy/girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.
May you skin your knee
falling off a bike, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope,
a joint, or something worse, I hope you realize he is not your friend.
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.
May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.
I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at
Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.
These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.
Written with a pen. Sealed with my love. As you
grow older, please know that I'm always here for you. And if I
pass on, I'll always be a part of you, and I'll go to heaven and wait for you with
love and open arms.