Friday, August 26, 2011

I Trust you'll treat Her Well


I Trust you'll treat Her Well
By Dan Valentine

World: I bequeath you today one little girl in a crispy uniform...with two big brown eyes...
and a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light blond hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.
I trust you'll treat her well.
She's skipping out of the backyard of my heart this week and skipping off down the street to her day at school.
And never again will she be completely mine...
Prim and proud, she'll wave a young and independent hand this morning, and say goodbye and walk little-lady steps to the nearby schoolhouse...
Gone will be the chattering little hoyden who lived only for play, and gone will be the delightful little gamin who roamed the yard like a proud princess with nary a care in her little world.
Now, she will learn to stand in lines...and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called...
She will learn to tune her little-girl ears for the sound of school bells, and for deadlines...
She will learn to giggle and gossip...
And to look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little by across the aisle sticks out his tongue.
Now she will learn t be jealous...and now she will learn how it is to feel hurt inside...and now she will learn how not t cry... 
N longer will she have time to sit on the front porch steps on a summer day and watch while an aunt scurries a cross a crack in the sidewalk...
Or will she have time to pop out of bed with the dawn to kiss lilac blossoms in the morning dew...
Now she will worry about important things...like grades...and what dress to wear...and whose best friend is whose...
Now she will worry abut the little boy who pulls her hair at recess time...and staying after school...and which little girls like which little boys...
And the magic f books and knowledge will soon take the place of the magic of her blocks and dolls.
And she will find new heroes...
For five full years I've been her stage and Santa Claus...her pal and playmate...her Nana and friend...
Now, alas, she'll learn to share her worship and adoration with her teachers, which is only right...
And no longer will I be the smartest, greatest Nana in the world...
Today, when the first school bell rings, she'll learn how it is to be a member of the group...with its privileges, and, f curse, its disadvantages, too.
She will learn in time that proper young ladies do not laugh out loud...or kiss dogs...or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms...or watch ants scurry across the cracks in a summer sidewalk..
Today, she will begin to learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends...That the group can be a demanding mistress..
And I'll stand on the porch and watch her start out on the long, long journey to becoming a women...
So World, I bequeath to you today one little girl in a crispy uniform...with two big brown eyes...
And a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light blonde hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.
I trust you'll treat her well. 
Back to School
Today I hurry off to school, To work and learn and play. I'm in a brand new grade this year. What a happy day!

5 comments:

  1. I'm sure she had a fantastic day!!
    I'm sure you had a few tears after she left

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  2. Oh, how fast they grow up from here. You will always be her Nana and hold a special place in her heart.

    Loved the poem.

    tspindor

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  3. That is sweet! She is getting so big! Love

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  4. another blogger mentioned a trick to get problems when posting a comment...she said to "de-click the remember me" check box and say "no" when asked to save...it worked!
    Praying for your recovery...rest and relax in your log cabin bunk house...rest in Jesus...Mel's Designs from the Cabin....Mel

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  5. It is so sad to watch them grow so quickly! She is soooo adorable!! I have no doubt that she will ALWAYS hold a very special place in her heart for her Nana.

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