I remember when I was a little boy, watching and following my dad everywhere and wondering to myself what it would be like to be a “grown-up” and whether or not I would ever be as good as him. My father was a photographer who had his own little studio where he would take family portraits or pictures of people and their pets. He was also the photographer for a little town newspaper which had subscribers all along the New Jersey coast.
Wherever we went, everyone just seemed to know him, and they loved him. He always brought a smile, a laugh, and good cheer to others. I remember thinking how awesome that would be if someday, when I got older, when I became a “grown-up,” I could do the same and have people think the same way about me.
Hopefully…I have become a lot like my dad.
Of course, there were other people in my life that I always thought would be nice if I had some of their attributes as well. They all influenced my life to make me the kind of person that I am today.
What does your children or other people think of you?
Today’s poem is a beautiful writing that shares with us the questioning mind of a little child and how they, so much, want to be like their adult companion. Good “food for thought!”
When I Grow Up
When I grow up
I want to be like you…
I want to be big and strong
I want people to like me just as they like you –
I want to play sports,
I want to dribble
Spike, run, throw, bat, dive and roll…just like you.
I think you’re wonderful
and you always will be…
I wish I was grown up now.
Do you think that I will be tall?
Do you think that I’ll be good like you –
Will there be enough left for me
When I get grown-up?
Will you help me – will you show me the way?
I want you to
When I grow-up I want to be just like you.
~ Bonnie Beach ~
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