I look at my Kids

by Linda Newland

June 16, 2002


I look at my kids through pictures

and note no disability

just the presence of young youth growing 

I look at my kids through their pictures and see "life" happening.


I look at my kids

looking at me to guide them and show them the rules 

I look at my kids

and it reminds me: Hell, I must have done something good.


I look at my kids and see me through a back door: Gee whiz, was I ever that age?

and WHY do they look or remind me of them?


I look at my kids

and try to remember they are individuals that have their own lives, ideas and personalities, different from mine.


I look at my kids and it is hard at times because it is like looking in a mirror and reminding me of the BEST things I ever did, or my greatest regrets if I had a chance to relive certain moments they have lived through; if I can protect them or share my past experiences to maybe help them avoid these dark times.


I look at my kids, and see my "best" work although I stumbled on my journey and yet still moved closer to the mountain by default.


I look at my kids

and see God's "greatest" gift to me


I look at my kids after all these years and realize they are "my" greatest gift, "my" greatest work as they are "ME."

my teacher,

my mentor,

my friend,

my companion


I look at my kids and I see "me." 


All is well in the universe and life is just as it should be.


Just me.

Linda Newland 2003


"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.


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