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Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited

Sure, you turned out pretty good, but is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?

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My parents didn’t go and really very few of our family did… until my generation had children

Most all of our children have gone to college… and their children will absolutely go…

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I talked about it to my Mom… but, the thought of the unknown was pretty much not discussed… dougla0028s

There was the expense… for one thing… but, compared to today… it was nothing…sps0438

We all were to either get married have kids… and maybe work

Work meaning a trade of some kind… factory x17066401child care… elderly care… cook… waitress k9592294 … retail, etc. …

I was fortunate to get hired and work at the Telephone Company (Bell South) as a Long Distance Operator… and then an Information Operatorsfo0464

Just a test was required… as I remember… of about 2-3 pages… Basic common sense… reading… writing… math skills…u16545704

Positions that could be taught by others who had experience

After six years I had married k8117625 and had two sonsk5105796 … I felt they needed me at home and decided being a stay at home Mom would be my full-time job

Not a regret… but, I wanted more!

I wanted to either be a Teacher  sfo0159 or do something with Artk8413105

and to my amazementwithout college… I obtained a job in the Public School System after the boys went to school…

I kept a job as a Teacher Assistant with Special Education Students k0662770 … for 30+ years… being able to use my art skills… and received my full retirement

Yes, I feel my life turned out pretty good… but, the knowledge I have now… feeling I could have learned so much car0030 and the career I could have had… haunts me still… u15284580

Daddy’s Poem

E-mail I would like to share…
Daddy’s Poem”

Her hair was up in a pony tail,

Her favorite
dress tied with a bow.

Today was Daddy’s Day at school,

And she
couldn’t wait to go.

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But her mommy tried to tell her,

That
she probably should stay home;

Why the kids might not
understand,

If she went to school alone.

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But she was not
afraid;

She knew just what to say.

What to tell her
classmates

Of why he wasn’t there today.

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But still her mother
worried,

For her to face this day alone.

And that was why, once
again,

She tried to keep her daughter home.

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But the little girl went to school ,

Eager to tell them all.

About a dad she
never sees, a dad

Who never calls.

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There were daddies along the
wall in

Back, for everyone to meet.

Children squirming
impatiently,

Anxious in their seat.

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One by one the teacher
called

On a student from the class.

To introduce their
daddy,

As seconds slowly passed.

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At last the teacher
called her name,

Every child turned to stare.

Each of them was
searching,

A man who wasn’t there.

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“Where’s her daddy
at?”

She heard a boy call out.

“She probably doesn’t have
one,”

Another student dared to shout.

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And from somewhere near the
back,

She heard a daddy say,

“Looks like another deadbeat
dad,

Too busy to waste his day.”

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The words did not offend
her,

As she smiled up at her Mom.

And looked back at her teacher,
who

Told her to go on..

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And with hands behind her
back,

Slowly she began to speak.

And out from the mouth of a
child,

Came words incredibly unique.

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“My Daddy couldn’t be
here,

Because he lives so far away.

But I know he wishes he could
be,

Since this is such a special day.

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And though you
cannot meet him,

I wanted you to know

All about my
daddy,

And how much he loves me so.

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He loved to tell me
stories,

He taught me to ride my bike;

He surprised me with pink
roses,

And taught me to fly a kite.

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We used to share fudge
sundaes,

And ice cream in a cone.

And though you cannot see
him.

I’m not standing here alone.

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‘Cause my daddy’s always
with me,

Even though we are apart;

I know because he told
me,

He’ll forever be in my heart”

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With that, her little
hand reached up,

And lay across her chest.

Feeling her own
heartbeat,

Beneath her favorite dress.

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And from somewhere
there in the crowd of dads,

Her mother stood in tears.

Proudly
watching her daughter,

Who was wise beyond her years.

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For she
stood up for the love

Of a man not in her life.

Doing what was
best for her,

Doing what was a right.

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And when she dropped her
hand back

Down, staring straight into the crowd.

She finished with
a voice so soft,

But its message clear and loud.

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“I love
my daddy very much,

he’s my shining star.

And if he could, he’d be
here,

But heaven’s just too far.

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You see he is an American
Soldier

And he died just this past year, ,

When a roadside bomb
hit his convoy

And taught Americans to fear.

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But sometimes
when I close my eyes,

it’s like he never went away.”

And then she
closed her eyes,

And saw him there that day.

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And to her
mother’s amazement,

She witnessed with surprise,

A room full of
daddies and children,

All starting to close their
eyes.

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Who knows what they saw before them;

Who knows what
they felt inside.

Perhaps for merely a second,

They saw him at her
side.

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“I know you’re with me Daddy,”

to the silence she
called out.

And what happened next made believers,

of those once
filled with doubt.

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Not one in that room could explain
it,

for each of their eyes had been closed.

But there on the desk
beside her,

was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

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And a
child was blessed, if only for

a moment, by the love of her shining
star.

And given the gift of believing,

that heaven is never too
far.

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“Hope, then Faith, then LOVE!”

Isn’t it great when something finally happens that you have been looking forward to…waiting for …listening for…working for…hoping  for…Sometimes when the answer comes it can be such an explosive feeling of emotion! …The waiting as we all know is the hardest part…We wait for a telephone call …we wait for a letter …we wait for those wonderful words …we wait for answers…Our poor bodies sometimes go through such ups and downs …it’s amazing the durability of it!…The main thing that does keep this all in tack…is that we have Hope! Hope that our prayers will be answered….hope that we’ll get the message our ears want to hear hope that others will see how important this waiting is …hope that you can bear whatever answer is given… Because…all things that we look forward to …will not always have the outcome you have anticipated…all things are not meant to be…things have so many ways they can go…Sometimes when this happens…we still have to cling to our hope…we might have to change tactics in dealing with the thing we’re looking forward to… we might have to settle for less…we might have to listen and accept an answer that is not what you want to hear …All people go through these times…Looking on …it seems as though some have an easier time than others…some have extremely hard times…and some just keep prodding along…never really faulting…just having determination to keep looking forward…So now Hope has turned into Faith which gives us a peace  that others sometimes just don’t understand… Answers…that give us that wonderful explosive feeling inside that we call LOVE!

 

“My Kids!”…

I cannot imagine the many things that the parents of our “Kids”…had to endure … Before birth …knowing something wasn’t going just right in the growth of their unborn child … After the birth of their child and the words that they had to hear, “Your child is handicapped”  …mentally or physically…Learning what type of disorder your baby would have for the rest of your and his/her life The why’s, the how’s, the what’s, the when’s… And the waiting began …looking for answers …coming to grips with answers they were not ready to hear …going forward with whatever it took to help their precious baby …If anyone knows about looking forward …it would be them!…waiting, listening and Hoping! …Then having the Faith  to endure…and then the LOVE  that explodes and encircles us to keep us knowing our place in this situation…