“Your emotional life is not written in cement during childhood. You write each chapter as you go along”. Harry Stack Sullivan
Father’s Wish…by MW Hardwick
If only I could “do over”…
If I had you to raise again,
I’d pay more attention, watch with my eyes and listen more.
I’d look for your strengths and be there for you.
I’d build self-esteem, respect your differences and guide you more.
I’d build castles in the sand and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more hugging and connecting.
I would care to have less material stuff and learn to care more.
I’d stop demanding respect and earn it
I’d shoot more baskets, take more runs play more tennis and do it more often.
I would take more hikes and gaze at more stars together
I’d stop worrying and provide more direction and help sooner
I’d do more hugging and less shouting.
I would be stronger in setting boundaries and affirming much more.
I’d model more about the power of love and less about rules.
If only I could “do over” but I can’t…re-doings not allowed
So I hope you know I did the best I could
And you forgive any errors or hurts I caused
Along the way…Along the way.. Along the way
I only hope it’s not too late…not too late…For more father and son hugs…
And for you to find your way and write your life script
For I did my best….my best…