Writer’s Name: Dominique Wilkins
Title: If Your Child Can Hear You
As a parent, you tell them all of the things that you know. You hope, beg, and pray that they hear you over the negatives voices in their ear and become outstanding adults. There are times where you think that you have lost or are losing them to the world we live in; but I write this article today to show proof that your efforts are not in vain. Continue to pull and root for our youth. Pull for them, with every bone in your body. It is a war out here and it is not over until we stop pulling!
As proof, I would like to share with you an essay I asked my son to write. I only suggested the title and contents be about what he is grateful for. The rest was all of his thoughts…
"The reasons why I am grateful" by Deon (age 12).
There is a lot of things I am grateful for and here is some of them. I am grateful to have a roof over my head because some people don't have a place to live and are homeless. I am grateful to have food on the table every day. Some kids around the world are starving - like the kids in Africa they would die to have a warm meal. I am grateful to have parents who care for me because some children are in the orphanage waiting to be adopted and have foster parents.
I am grateful for the clothes I have because some children somewhere just have to wear rags and would love to have the clothes I have. I am grateful to have a warm comfortable bed. Why? Because some kids don't have a warm comfortable bed to sleep on. I am grateful to have parents who care for me because some kids have to take care of themselves.
I am grateful to have a caring family because some kid’s family doesn’t care what the child does. I am grateful to have parents who work so I can do fun stuff and go cool places. Some kids’ parents don't work and can’t afford to get their kids nice things and take them to cool places. I am grateful to be in a new school where I’m treated fairly and don’t get bulled and I can focus on learning new things. Some kids have to deal with that their entire school year. I am grateful to have parents who spend a lot of money on me so I can have the things I need. Some parents won’t do that; they have a limit on how much they spend on their child. I am grateful to have a good education because some kids don’t know how to read or write because they can’t go to school or their parents won’t let them go to school. These are some of the reasons I’m grateful.
I left it unedited to show you the realism of the words from an 11yr old boy. I hope that these words have given you that feel good sensation all over as it does me, whenever I read it. Continue to train up a child in a respectful and honest way and you will definitely reap what you sow…