When you thought I wasn’t looking…

 
WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T LOOKING
A message every adult should read 
because children are watching you and 
doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 

I saw you hang my first painting 
on the refrigerator, 
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw you feed a stray cat, 
and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw you make my favorite cake for me, 
and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I heard you say a prayer, 
and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw you make a meal and 
take it to a friend who was sick, 
and I learned that we all have 
to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw you take care of our house 
and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw how you handled your responsibilities, 
even when you didn’t feel good, 
and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw tears come from your eyes, 
and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it’s all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I saw that you cared, 
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I learned most of life’s lessons 
that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking 
I looked at you and wanted to say,
‘Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn’t looking.’

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend)
influences the life of a child.

How will you touch the life of someone today? 
Make them at least think about 
their influence on others.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
Speak kindly. 
Leave the rest to God.

5 thoughts on “When you thought I wasn’t looking…

  1. This is so true. Its sad that some parents out there set all the wrong examples and do ridiculous stuff- and feel shitty when their children follow in their footsteps. You reap what you sow. Parenting today is chaotic in a time where technology, progress and relaxed parenting styles are all over the place.  It is just so easy to get lost in it all. Its a struggle but its important that we are always consistent in our values.

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