These Things I Wish For My Grandchildren

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


We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I’d like better.

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

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated. I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.

And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your dog put 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’s all right if you have 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 let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother wants to tag along, I hope you’ll let him.

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

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

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

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

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. I don’t care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don’t like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle. May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

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

These things I wish for you - tough times and hard work, disappointment and happiness. To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life. Written with a pen.




QuotaBills
A young doctor means a new graveyard. - German Proverb

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. - Pierre-August Renoir

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. - Ingrid Bergman

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. - John Lennon

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron

Before we make love my husband takes a pain killer. - Joan Rivers

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wish for healing has always been half of health. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

After two days in hospital I took a turn for the nurse. - WC Fields

It is easy to stand a pain, but difficult to stand an itch. - Chang Ch'ao

If you ignore your health for long enough, it'll go away. - Unknown

Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it. - Ovid

Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. - Napoleon Bonaparte

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal. - C S Lewis

Joy is more divine than sorrow, for joy is bread and sorrow is medicine. - Henry Ward Beecher

The great art of life is sensation; to feel that we exist, even in pain. - Lord Byron

Out of suffering comes creativity. You cannot spell painting without pain. - John Lithgow

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. - William Penn

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman. - Jonathan Swift

Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities. - Lord Dunsany

It is my custom to call this book 'An Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul.' - John Calvin

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom. - Thomas Huxley

But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what's in it. - Nancy Pelosi

The practice of medicine is a thinker's job, the practice of surgery a plumber's. - Martin H. Fischer

I wonder why you can always read a Doctor's bill but you can never read his prescription. - Finley Peter Dunne

You might be a nurse if you firmly believe that "too stupid to live" should be a diagnosis. - Unknown

My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more. - Walter Matthau

Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. And a sense of humor. It's like medicine - very healing. - Max Irons

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood, I'd just type a little faster. - Isaac Asimov

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain. - C S Lewis

The doctor may also learn more about the illness from the way the patient tells the story than from the story itself. - James B. Herrick

It was so quiet, a reservation kind of quiet, where you can hear somebody drinking whiskey on the rocks three miles away. - Sherman Alexie

I'm planning to adopt a dog soon. It wasn't my first choice but my Doctor told me I can't have any biologically. - Bill Murray

A doctor who cannot take a good history and a patient who cannot give one are in danger of giving and receiving bad treatment. - Unknown

A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession. - Martin H. Fischer

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not. - Mark Twain

In those days the best painkiller was ice. It wasn't addictive, and it was particularly effective if you poured some whiskey over it. - George Burns

When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and told my father, "We did everything we could... but he pulled through." - Rodney Dangerfield

There are two ways you can get through pain. You can let it destroy you, or you can use it as fuel to drive you: to dream bigger, to work harder. - Taylor Swift

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine... Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants. - William Osler


see also   Medical  Section
Adaptive Roots
Ancestry Rewind
Aunt From Desert Storm
Auntie Gravity Research
Babysitting Kids
Boot Camp
Chimera Genetics
Control Brothers
Family Bike
Family Fun
Family Hands
Family Jewels
Family Music
Family Photo
Family Picture
Family Planning Advice
Family Reunion
Family Ties
Family Tree
Generations Past And Present
Get Along Shirt
Hands On Tree
Holding His Own Portraits
How Babies Are Made In Canada
Lard Family
Learn By Example
Modern Stick Family
Mom Lookout
Motherhood
Parent Delete
Proud Pug Parents
Redneck Stick Family
Sister DNA
Son Shine
Stick Family Meal
The Ass Family
The Van Gogh Family Tree
Tom Lee Music Franchise Opportunities
Walker Buddies
You Guys Make Me Sick

 

Wedding Pound Cake

Parking Justice

Is This Really Happening?!

The Explanation

High Strung Violinist

Deodorized Pads

Leteracy Night

Redneck Baby Carriage

Stealth Readers

Good Stuff Or Else

Productive Computers

Poodle Power

Trust Issues

Bacon Soda Sales

2021 Hooters Owl and Birds of Prey Calendars

My Time

Lerts

Great White Socks

That's Not A Bagpipe!

Paint Protection
Full list of creditsFacebookTwitterDiggStumbleUponDelicious

15-May-2021