I came across this post on someone's blog and I think it was JUST WHAT I NEEDED. Sometimes I struggle with certain things in life and its good to have a reminder that things eventually work out, maybe just not the way you want.
I HOPE YOU...
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.
For my Children and 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.
I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you 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 wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.
When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.
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.
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 climbing a mountain, 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 or a joint, 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.
I honestly don't think it could be said better. I shared this with my kids at dinner on Tuesday and then we talked about it. I love Paul Harvey, I only listened to him a few times, but he always has the best advice on life. I have been struggle with all this medical chaos in my life, it seems like it NEVER ENDS. Just when I think things are going to slow down...BAM!!! But the good news is that I am putting my surgery off until September, I talked to my doctor today and everything will be fine for me to wait. Lexi is having surgery on June 17th and from the words of the surgeon "you won't even know she had surgery, she will walk right out of the OR!" Sweet, I can handle this. I am confident everything will be okay anyway. She is tough and has been put under twice before. It will all work out.
SN: I am two days away from giving my kids their surprise for their Birthday and its killing me. I am so excited, I can hardly stand it!!