Monday, December 06, 2010

A Pause While Shopping, A Vignette for You:

Stunning and quite poignant....

I found a few clippings, saved for many years and tucked away in a box of old seamed stockings.
The pieces of newspaper, photos taken from magazines, and writings were all about children, quite telling, since the owner who saved these pieces of ephemera never had children.

Maybe as a younger woman, she wished to have kids but never did, but saved little odds and ends about babies and children and stashed them away into her lingerie drawer, thinking that one day she could use them and refer to them as needed.

Here is a prayer taken from a newspaper clipping that she saved and I'd like to share it with you, (it probably dates to the 1950's):

O heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand children, to listen patently to what they have to say and to answer all their questions kindly. Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes, or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me. May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power.

Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal. And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness. Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue. May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Le me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and to make decisions. Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children.

Amen.

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