To My Children

        When I spill some food on my nice clean dress

        Or maybe forget to tie my shoes,

        Please be patient and perhaps reminisce

        About the many hours I spent with you,

        When I taught you how to eat with care,

        Plus tying laces and your numbers too,

        Dressing yourself and combing your hair.

        Those were precious hours spent with you,

        So when I forget what I was about to say,

        Just give me a minute.....or maybe two,

        It probably wasn't important anyway,

        And I would much rather listen just to you.

        If I tell the story one more time,

        And you know the ending through and through,

        Please remember your first nursery rhyme

        When I rehearsed it a hundred times with you.

        When my legs are tired and it's hard to stand,

        Or walk the steady path that I would like to do,

        Please take me carefully by the hand,

        And guide me now as I often did for you.

[ Author Unknown -- from 'Aiken Drum' ( ]


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