My Child isn’t my Easel to Paint,
Nor my Diamond to Polish!
My Child isn’t my Trophy to Flaunt,
Nor my Dummy to Taunt!
My Child isn’t my Badge or my Honor,
Nor my Respect that he/she must Protect!
My Child isn’t an Idea or a Fantasy,
Nor my Reflection or Legacy!
My Child isn’t my Puppet or my Project,
Nor my Pawn or my Cadet!
My Child is here to Fumble and Stumble
To get In and Out of Trouble!
My Child is here to Try,
To Fall and Cry!
My Child is here to Unravel the Mysteries,
To Educate Oneself and Rewrite Histories!
My Child is here to Make his/her own Choices,
To Exercise his/her Freewill and to Experience the Consequences!
As a Parent,
My Task is to make my Child Able and Capable,
To keep Aside my Ego and be by his/her Side!
My Task is to Guide and Educate,
To Let Be and Not Frustrate!
My Task is to Allow him/her to Ponder,
And see my Child Grow into Wonder!
Submitted by Santhosh Chinnappala