“When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.
I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.
I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.
I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything I could be.
I watched you, and I learned most of life’s lessons I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
I looked at you and wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.'”
Each one of us – whether parent, grandparent or friend – can influence the life of a child… Be a GOOD influence.