These Things I Wish

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We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. 

For my grandchildren, I’d know better. 

I’d really like for them to know about hand-me-down clothes and home-made ice cream and leftover meatloaf. I really would. 

My cherished grandson, I hope you learn humility by surviving failure and that you learn to be honest even when no one is looking. 

I hope you learn to make your bed and mow the lawn and wash the car — and I hope nobody gives you a brand-new car when you are sixteen. 

It will be good if at least one time you can see a baby calf born, and you have a good friend to be with you if you ever have to put your old dog to sleep. 

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in. 

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother. And it is all right to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you’ll let him. 

And when you want to see a Disney movie and your kid brother wants to tag along, I hope you take him. 

I hope you have to walk uphill with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely. 

If you want a slingshot, I hope your father teaches you how to make one instead of buying one. I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books, and when you learn to use computers, you also learn how to add and subtract in your head. 

I hope you get razzed by friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and that when you talk back to your mother you learn what Ivory soap tastes like. 

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on the stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. 

I hope you get sick when someone blows smoke in your face. I don’t care if you try beer once, but I hope you won’t like it. And if a friend offers you a joint or any drugs, I hope you are smart enough to realize that person is not your friend. 

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your grandpa or go fishing with your uncle. 

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through a neighbor’s window, and that she hugs you and kisses you when you give her a plaster of paris mold of your hand. 

These things I wish for you — tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness.

(As read by Paul Harvey) Written by Lee Pitts (published in the 2000 Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul collection) (copied from