Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First School Day Prayer

To all my Friends who have a child/grandchild going to school today.
I had this posted in my kitchen 25 years ago as a tribute to my young son.
Now, 31 years later, I make a tribute to his own son, my grandson.
He's such a nice little fellar......
We celebrated with waffles and rice krispies squares.
Meanwhile someone else is itching to partake.

Dear World

"My young son starts to school today...It's going to be sort of strange and new to him for awhile, and I wish you would sort of treat him gently. You see, up to now he's been king of the roost...He's been boss of the backyard...His mother has always been near to soothe his wounds and repair his feelings.
But now things are going to be different.

This morning he's going to walk down the front steps, wave his hand, and start out on the great adventure...It is and adventure that might take him across continents, across oceans...It's an adventure that will probably include wars and tragedy and sorrow...To live his life in the world he will have to live in, will require faith and love and courage.

So, World, I wish you would sort of look after him...Take him by the hand and teach him things he will have to know.
But do it gently, if you can.
He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, that all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero...that for every crooked politician there is a great and dedicated leader...Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend.
Steer him away from envy, if you can...and teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

In school, World, teach him it is far more honorable to fail that to cheat...Teach him to have faith in his own idea, even if everyone says they are wrong...Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough people.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the bandwagon...Teach him to listen to all men - but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth and take just the good that siphons through.
Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he's sad...Teach him there is no shame in tears...Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success.

Treat him gently, World, if you can, but don't coddle him...Because only the test of fire makes fine steel...Let him have the courage to be impatient...Let him have the patience to be brave.
Let him be no other man's man...Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself.
Because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind.
This is quite an order, World, but see what you can do...
He's such a nice little fellow, my son!"
Dan Valentine

I thought I signed off...but I will keep you posted for the special events.
Too true to my heart....
I love you all.


  1. Okay, this made me cry. It is so poignant.

    I'm glad you popped back in to share this beautiful message.

  2. Marg, what a beautiful message in this post. . .I'll be back to your archives in a few more years when our grandbabies are off to school on their first day.
    So glad you have the freedom to share with us your special moments in your life. .
    we love you too!!

  3. Marg, I stopped by on the chance of finding an interesting post from you today. More than interesting it touched my heart. I will copy this one and share it on approriate occations with afew young Moms I know. The hopes and dreams for our kids are so very real in a Mother's heart. Enjoy this season. Kathy

  4. This is wonderful Marg! I'm going to save it.


    Hugs, pat

  5. That is beautiful, Marg! I'm so glad you posted it.

  6. Yeah! You are back! Elma

  7. so glad that you haven't signed off completely...
    what a beautiful post. it flooded me with all kinds emotions.
    thankyou for sharing this. it is a keeper!

  8. It's good to see your post - and thanks for allowing us to celebrate those special moments with you!

  9. Hi Marg~ I am so excited to see that you posted when I checked here, I can barely type! So good to hear from you! AND that poem is just wonderful.I always found the first day of school to be so much harder on parents/grandparents than for the child. Parents realize that life will never be the same - kids don't think that far ahead - they live moment to moment, usually. I am so happy that you posted! I missed you! Take care.

  10. So glad to see you back here!

    As the teacher who participates in the receiving of these little ones in their early grades at school, I can appreciate how each parent feels. I've been the one sending off a precious child, too.

  11. Ah....you are back...even if just for special times. I am glad. This is a great post. And glad to 'see' you too. Take care

  12. Ah Marg. . . I'm here to apologize for any misunderstanding in my last post. . .I trust that the readers that imagined you to be the lady I was referring to that I mentioned . . deleting her blog. . .will be reading my comment today and understand that I was referring to another gal that actually vanished from the blogging community and deleted her blog without any farewell at all.

    I know you are busy with your family and the many other activities and all is well in your world. . .


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