Dear Redeemer Community,
Back in 2001 the following poem was in Mrs. Hooper's Back to School folder for my son who was just beginning his year in the 2s. Tattered with dozens of pinholes, I still have the same blue piece of paper. It has traveled from bulletin board to bulletin board and from house to house through three different moves. It will always have a place in my home as the words continue to ring true - from age 2 to age 15 and beyond. I wish I knew the author; the words are well worth repeating.
I have so many questions. Please answer them so I don't have to ask others.
I'm going to make mistakes. Please don't rescue me when I do or I will never learn to be responsible.
I'll ask for things I really don't need. Please don't give them to me or I will never learn to do without.
I may say things to hurt you. Please don't believe me. I only say them because I don't like the fact that you have so much power over me.
I will look to you for guidance. Please make a decision and stand by it. If you are inconsistent I will be confused and lose faith in you.
I know I will not always listen. Please don't repeat your requests or I will never learn to pay attention.
I will have to be disciplined. Please don't be afraid to be firm because I feel more secure with limits.
I will not be perfect. Please love me for myself and not for who you would like me to be.
I have feelings. Please don't ignore them as they are very real to me.
I need you. Please love me always.