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We Tried So Hard... 


  • We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my 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 washthecar. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you aresixteen. 
  • It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born andyour 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.  Andit'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 totag along, I hope you'll let him/her. 
  • I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and thatyou 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. < /font > < /p >
  • 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 firstcrush 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 a ndif 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 you neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hanukkah/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. Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you.


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