January 9, 2010

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking...



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.


When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.


When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.


When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.


When you thought I wasn't looking 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.


When you thought I wasn't looking 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.


When you thought I wasn't looking 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.


When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.


When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.


When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking'.


This is for all of you out there that do so much for others, but think that no one ever sees.  Little eyes see a lot.  Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend) influences the life of a child.

How will you touch the life of someone today?

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, you became my friend.

38 Random Sassy Comments:

steven anthony said...

truly beautiful, and so true...we all can make a difference
.-= steven anthony´s last blog ..Scenic Saturday... =-.

diane said...

Reading this actually makes me feel better, as I've been feeling a little unappreciated lately.
What are you doing up so late? Yes, I know I'm up late too, but I'm going to bed now.
.-= diane´s last blog ..Dear So and So =-.

magda said...

uhoh. some of us better shape up;)

now, i will dwell on this in addition to suburban mom's quote from this week: "Our job is not to prepare the path for our children but to prepare them for the path. AND...of course i have been a path clearer and preparer for my boys and am not feeling confident in any ability to do otherwise.

gah!

xox
what would i do without my bloggy guidance and support?
.-= magda´s last blog ..Puppy Love =-.

Simone said...

I sometimes forget that all that I do does not go unnoticed. You reminded me of this. Thank you.

georgie said...

OMgosh you got a new look!!!!
what an incredible post!
.-= georgie´s last blog ..No Water =-.

blueviolet said...

We really can show so much through our actions, can't we? I loved this!

Martha said...

So true, children see and hear everything, it is our responsibility as parents to set the example for our children.

I just realized your feed is working to my blog list again. You were right there at the top of the list this morning! Yeah!
.-= Martha´s last blog ..Weekend Reflections - The Wall =-.

Yaya said...

I love this post Stacy.
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..Orange You Glad It's Saturday?! =-.

Otin said...

When you thought I wasn't looking, your kindness and generosity restored my faith in human nature!
.-= Otin´s last blog ..The Life I Chose (Yet another Brotin Tale!) =-.

kyooty said...

when you thought I was looking, I was asleep but but your blog sent 8 posts to my blogger thingy :P
.-= kyooty´s last blog ..Friday Fill-ins, back to routine? =-.

Laura said...

WOW - that was fantastic! I am stopping by from SITS and I am so, super glad I did! I can't wait to read the rest of your stuff.

HAve a great weekend!

Michele said...

Very nice.
.-= Michele´s last blog ..Visual Gems =-.

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Very nice!

(I have no idea why but my reader gave me ten posts from you today! Either your really busy writing or blogger is blogger.)
.-= Blogging Mama Andrea´s last blog ..Dear So and So, Letters from the Great Mind =-.

PJ said...

i have always loved that piece. thanks for posting this. have a great day...hugz!
.-= PJ´s last blog ..Snow Pics! =-.

Mellisa said...

This is one of my favorite poems to use when scrapbooking...each page gets a when you thought I was looking!
.-= Mellisa´s last blog ..6 word Saturday =-.

Vodka Logic said...

Great poem.. and so appropriate.

Love the new look. :)
.-= Vodka Logic´s last blog ..Photo Phinish Phriday =-.

Eternal Lizdom said...

I've read this before but it's a very nice and important reminder!
.-= Eternal Lizdom´s last blog ..The Road Ahead =-.

blognut said...

Fabulous.
.-= blognut´s last blog ..I'm a Fashion Trendsetter! =-.

Obnoxious SAHM said...

great! Loved it.
.-= Obnoxious SAHM´s last blog ..Florida Snow! =-.

Gretchen said...

That's really, really beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

BTW, all of your posts from December 30 until today just finally popped up in my Google Reader! Weird. I was wondering where you were!
.-= Gretchen´s last blog ..Salt, Elvis & Feverboy =-.

Debby said...

That is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.
.-= Debby´s last blog ..WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS GO SHOPPING OR HAVE A GLASS OF WINE =-.

Sprite's Keeper said...

How lovely! I had to read it twice!
.-= Sprite's Keeper´s last blog ..Spin Cycle: "Hoarders" tends to affect my downtime. =-.

Toni said...

Absolutely stunning Stacy. And when you thought I wasn't looking, you came into my life with support and friendship and I haven't thanked you enough!
.-= Toni´s last blog ..Smarties in my bra… =-.

Mama Zen said...

This is so beautiful!
.-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..May I Take Your Order? =-.

LT said...

I love this poem, it brings tears to my eyes every time I read it! Thanks for posting it!
.-= LT´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

Ice Queen said...

That is truly a beautiful poem. It's important to remember what we're doing around those little sponges. =)
.-= Ice Queen´s last blog ..The Dog Ate WHAT?? =-.

Anne said...

Such lovely thoughts for a Saturday. Thank you for sharing them.
.-= Anne´s last blog ..My Life Has Been Delayed Due to Snow =-.

Jenners said...

Did you write this???? I love it ... amazing. And such good things to think about.

Karen MEG said...

What a lovely post, and I loved the photo!

Justine said...

Ack, I haven't been paying attention to blogs the last few days, and now realize I've missed a few of your posts. Sorry!!!!
.-= Justine´s last blog ..Ah, Sisterly Love. It Can Make You Laugh, It Can Make You Cry. It Can Make You... Hiss? =-.

Justine said...

That was soooooooooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Maggie said...

That was very nice Stacy!

I like the new layout!!

Nancy C said...

That's nice! The new site looks great.

gayle said...

Loved this..can't wait to share with my daughter!!
.-= gayle´s last blog ..2010 =-.

rxBambi said...

very nice. thanks for the uplift.
Love the new look as well.

Serendipity is Sweet said...

So beautiful!

Casey said...

This one was too sweet. I guess I should be better so I set a good example. Ha.
.-= Casey´s last blog ..Why Didn’t Somebody Warn Us - Part Two On Going Dye Free =-.

Mo said...

Living simply is the perfect advise.
.-= Mo´s last blog ..Guess I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue =-.