THESE THINGS I WISH FOR EACH OF YOU
by Paul Harvey
that we made them worse. 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.
My cherished grandson, I hope you learn
humility by being humiliated, and that you
learn honesty by being cheated. I hope you
learn to make your bed and mow the lawn
and wash the car. And I really hope nobody
gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
I hope you have a job by then.
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 or sister. And it's all right if you have
to draw a line down the middle of the room,
but when he wants to crawl under the covers
with you because he's scared, I hope you
let him. When you want to see a Disney
movie and your little sister wants to tag along,
I hope you'll let him.
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 your driver doesn't
have to drop you two blocks away so you
won't be seen riding with someone as uncool
as your mom.
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 those newfangled computers,
I hope you also learn to add and subtract in
I hope you get razzed by your friends when
you have your first crush on a girl or boy,
and when you talk back to your mother, that
you learn what ivory soap tastes like.
May you skin your knee climbing a mountain
burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue
on a frozen flagpole. I hope you get sick when
someone blows cigar smoke in your face.
You just might try beer once, but I hope you don't
like it. And if a friend offers you drugs, I hope you
realize he is not your friend.
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with
your grandparents and go fishing with your uncle.
May you feel sorrow at a funeral and the joy of holidays
I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a
baseball through a neighbour's window and that she
hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you
give her a plaster of Paris mould of your hand.
These things I wish for you - tough times and
disappointment, hard work and happiness.