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Friday, November 7, 2008

Today's Writing Prompt: Child

What affect has a child, whether yours or someone else's, had on your life?

Thank you, Paula, for today's prompt! Check out Paula's blog, They Saved Me.

99 comments:

Michael said...

I was 14 (1990) when Ryan White died of AIDs. I remember watching the events leading up to his death and being very touched, saddened, and angry. Those events brought fourth feelings I had never had before- extreme grief for someone I'd never met, but had grown to love.

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meryl's musings said...

My child, my children, my grandchild, my grandchildren; life is never the same when the smiles, the hugs, the words, and the love grow bigger than life itself.

Fahassani said...

If I did not live my life as a child
I can live it also if i grow up
and feel and live in me the day I missed.

Simply Heather said...

Children have always had an affect on my life. I attract them like honey and a bear; must be Jesus in me. I now drive a school bus, so I'm affected by children in many good (and not so great)ways everyday :o>.

Honestly, my first baby brought me into the world of human unconditional love; a feeling I'll remember eternally.

Diarist said...

When my brother and his wife had their first child, I felt relief: my mother had her grandchild and I didn't need to provide one! When I met my nieces and saw how they wrapped my (baby) brother up in their love I was jealous.

Mrs.H said...

My firstborn son, Nicholas, changed my life the most. He is the person that made me a Mother for the first time. He has continuely challenged me to be better for him. He sets the bar high for himself and those around him. He makes me proud everyday.

beckiwithani said...

I teach at a small schoolthat serves grades 7-12. We have an advisory program at the school -- groups of about 10 kids who meet with their advisor a couple of times a week. They stay with the same advisor year after year.

One of my advisees, who I advised in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, died very suddenly in August. She was 14. I was close to her and am close to her family. It was devastating. We ended up finding out she had very sudden onset diabetes, which was way too fast for anyone to catch. A typical reaction is guilt, and I couldn't help but think of all the times I could've given her more of my attention or support. I was able to work through this (I know she did appreciate me, and I did give a lot to the relationship), but the whole experience taught me not to take advantage of my time with all of my kids at school, and to remember how short it is -- whether it is through tragedy or just growing up, I lose all of them far too quickly. I wear a wristband with her name (Amanda Rose) on it every day now, and it reminds me of this important lesson.

First time I've gone more than a few seconds over time....

gaea said...

I was in a cab at a red light and very late for a meeting, when I noticed someone at the window. A little beggar girl was peering through the dirty glass, asking for money. I rolled down the window and said no change as civilly as my stress let me.

The little girl asked “How about tomorrow then?” No sarcasm on her face, she was serious. If a homeless child forced into begging could be optimistic about a total stranger, surely I could do better with my relatively plush planned life.

I hope that the child, surely an adult now, still has her optimism. I know I haven’t lost the portion she so generously gave me that day.

Catharine Withenay said...

My children never cease to amaze me - how they show up my own inadequacies and, I hope, a few good points as well.
They bring joy when I feel at the end of my tether, and drive me to the end of my tether even when I anticipate joy. Such are the ironies of life.

www.withenay.blogspot.com

Liz said...

It would be so easy to talk about how having children of my own has completely changed my life. Instead, I want to talk about the child that I failed. I used to be a social worker and I had a horrible boss who hated my "fresh out of college save the world" attitude and she wanted to break me. Gave me the hardest families and got ticked when we succeeded. Finally, I had a case of a 17 year old girl, first time removed from the home. She was mentally disabled as were both parents. Lots of abuse going on and they had stayed under the radar her entire life. Very sad. My boss hated me so much that she threw this child under the boss. I will always remember this girl and the moments we shared and the lessons she taught me. If I had more than a minute, I could go on!

Ares said...

i was impressed by the young girl anne frank, who must be familiar to many people as her diary was published years ago.. she was a character of great boldness and stunning liveliness despite the terrible circumstance they had..

Jenners said...

My son turned my whole life upside down, inside out and backwards. In the beginning, it was brutal sleep deprivation, depression and feelings of inadequacy. As I got used to being his mother, I began to experience my second childhood. He makes everything that seemed so commonplace new again. I marvel at his growth and accomplishments, delight in his new experiences, chuckle at his logic. On the downside, I'm in every night at 7:30 am and spend hours on the floor pushing Matchbox cars around.

C. Beth said...

I remember finding out I was pregnant with my daughter, and my entire outlook changing overnight. I'd thought I would want to work, and within about 24 hours of getting my positive pregnancy test, I realized I didn't want to work, at least not much. I just wanted to be a mommy. My goals, desires, and schedule have drastically changed.

restored said...

Through my children I have grown in my patience, my nurturing abilities and I have learned to be more affectionate. Through my youth at church.. oh wow they teach me something new everyday!

curliewurlie said...

My sister never wanted children, my Mom says that was the same from when she was little. So in 2005 when she fell pregnant it was a surprise, yet I haven't seen her happier. When they turned out to be identical twins, it was even more of a miracle.

These babies are the most precious things in the world to me.

Now they are 3, running around, talking none stop and being typical little boys. They have changed me in a way that I never knew you could care about a person so much. The love for a child is nothing like any other! I love being an Auntie, and I find myself constantly talking about them and always looking for something as a little present.

Living away form home during their first few years has been hard at times, I miss them more than anything and being around them is even more special when I go home. It's hard to believe how quick children grow up. They always make me smile even when I really dont want too, and just hearing their voice can bring happiness to my day. I guess the way they have changed me is that I always have something good to look too. Like their first day at school, their graduation and their wedding. I have never had that before. I always considered myself to be the 'little one'of the family before now, and I love having boys to look after and hopefully have them look up to me.

Children can make anyone smile. Their laughs are truly contagious!

Joanna said...

Difficulty conceiving a child has had a huge impact shaping the person that I am becoming. Besides the prayers, tears, and tests, it has also redefined motherhood for me. As we have looked into the adoption option, I have discovered that I don't just want the pretty pink bears and little blue lambs of babyhood. I want to nurture and protect, and sometimes I think that might be better done if we rescue an abandoned or orphaned child.

Mary said...

I began tutoring a high school student last year in math. When I saw that he improved when his confidence level increased, I was hooked. I'm going back to school to be a high school math teacher.

MissAliGirl said...

I can, with all sincerity, say that I was born to give birth to my daughter. She is my life. Her birth changed everything I am as a person. I would not be remotely the person I am today if not for her and I thank her for it every day.

It's All Good said...

My sisters always know how to make me laugh, and I know I can be a kid when I'm around them! I think the best part about kids is the fact that ignorance can really be bliss sometimes!

OrlandoTechWriter said...

I grew up playing sports. My dad never had to push me to play. I saw his passion and imitated it. I remember watching him play soccer and just being amazed that he could these things that other people couldn't. And I remember wearing a Miami Dolphins t-shirt or sweater during nearly every good moment of my life (and there are many). Now that I have kids, we are the same way. They watch me play and cheer on my Dolphins. Sports can bring out the best in people, and as I found out, it can also form some lasting bonds. (bit more than a minute, sorry folks).

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Jessica Eiden Smedley said...

I love noticing which children dressed themselves and which were dressed by an adult.

It always brings a smile to my face to see the lopsided pigtails with too many barrettes, rain boots with tights a tutu and a Disney princess pajama top.

To be able to walk proudly with your own ensemble and know you look good is awesome and something this adult still strives for.

Shorty said...

My son, who is now ten years old, changed my life more than anything else has so far. From his amazing birth I became a new person. I was fearful of things that I hadn't ever really concerned myself with, aghast that the hospital was about to let me leave with this entire little person that I knew very little about how to care for. Despite the unknowns, it was the most beautiful transformation I've ever known. His life has changed me so much for the better. I'm more considerate, I'm more aware, I'm more alive. I can't imagine life without him and I hope I never have to.

Mrst said...

My own two children have brought happiness and joy to my life but I have also truly enjoyed working with other kids. I have worked as a volunteer as well as an employee at my kids' school and have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful children. They are all different and special in their own way and nothing is so much fun as spending time getting to know them. It warms my heart to have kids I've worked with say "Hey Mrs. Tuller!" and run up and give hugs and ask if I will be helping in their class that day. I don't understand why some people don't like kids, they are amazing people.

Thoughts From the Hart said...

The effect a child has left on my life was a hard one. It was the first time i had ever experianced death. In thrid grade my mom had to give CPR to a baby who had died of SIDS while taking a nap in my house. I watched all of this going on while on the phone with 911.

Big Pete said...

One day a few months ago I was talking to my youngest daughter Lottie (three years old at the time). The conversation went something like this:-

DADDY:
What is your favourite colour, Lottie?

LOTTIE:
Yellow.

DADDY:
Still yellow? You haven't changed your mind?

LOTTIE:
No. Sometimes I wish the whole world was yellow.

DADDY:
If the whole world was yellow, how would you find your bananas?

LOTTIE:
You would look for the black bit on the end.

DADDY:
But if the whole world was yellow, then the black bits on the end of bananas would be yellow too.

LOTTIE:
Oh, well. Then you would just have to sniff them out.

Unstoppable genius! I will try to remember to be more like her.

Shirley said...

I adopted two girls from India and learned how people respond to someone from another country. I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I'd never known them. The most recent event where my response has been different because of them is my great joy at the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. I expect that the lives of people of color will change because he was brave enough to declare his candidacy. Equally important will be the increased awareness of Caucasians that everyone is richer when everyone has a chance to contribute.

Saubry said...

Wrapped to my chest with a long purple cloth, Desmond sleeps while I work from home today. We listen to each other breathe. I type and balance his head with my arm.

jake hooker said...

i was near suicidal and i found out my new niece was about to be born two months early. i was scared to death for her and my sister, but they both were fine. it was my light at the end of the tunnel.

Inkpot said...

While working as a speech and drama teacher I met many wonderful loving and creative kids who would inspire me and make my job worthwhile. However, the child who probably had the biggest impact on my life was the little girl who followed me around the supermarket when I was about 7, pointing her finger ala bodysnatchers and saying 'She's so fat! Look at all the food she eats! She's so fat!'

Cari, Abe, and Paige said...

When I had my daughter, my world flipped upside down. I think the biggest change is that I no longer just think about me. Every decision that has to be made, I have to include her in that, whether I'm asking my husband what we need from the grocery store, down to what are we going to do Friday night. She is amazing :)

Melissa Miranda said...

I did not think I would ever want children until my niece was born in 1996. She was the 1st child i ever liked. Now I have 3 children of my own and can not imagine life without them. They are all 4 and under and bring me great joy!

Shines said...

I'm sitting here trying to think of a child who has affected me. The only one that pops into my mind is my neice. Shes been delt a bad card. Its just breaks my heart. She'll be compleltly blind by the time shes 10 years old. She'd been born with alchohol, crack-cocaine, marijuana and herion in her system. Three months early even. Yet she is the happiest little girl you could ever meet. I never wanted kids my entire life untill this one showed how much strength and heart they have.

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reedwrites said...

My own inspires me everyday.

I was trying to think of a story to tell but then I realized I've met lots of kids who've affected me and inspired me. Kids are cool that way. They say or do some of the most profound things without even realizing it.

oh and I think forgot to post my blog site the last couple of times liveyourlifelist.blogspot.com

Omah's Helping Hands said...

More than one child has touched my life. Those fighting cancer etc. amaze me with the will and fight to live, overcoming so much pain, etc. Those with disabilities that over come what ever it is they struggle with in daily life. My grand children with their sweet innocence; if only we could all be like all of the afore mentioned! :) How grand life would be.

Israel said...

Victoria Lynae is the name of my first child. She will be born in one month. What a wonderful thing it will be to have a little girl!

Wow! 1 minute is short!

Antidunker said...

A child that has touched me recently is my sweet, but sassy step-daughter. When I get her from her bio-mom on Thursdays, she takes my hand, talks to me, calls me Mom and loves me like I've never expected. I have two of my own children that have always shown me love but not like this girly. She's mine whether she came from my body or not. I couldn't be prouder of her and never intruduce her as my step-daughter but as one of my kids. That she is!

MIL2B said...

Big mistake to speak of "rescuing" a child. An adopted child brings just as much joy and opportunities to grow emotionally as a biological one does. "Nurture and protect" come much closer to what I've experienced as a parent. I'd add "enjoy," too.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

I've learned to forgive. Everyone.
I tell my kids each and every day postive ways in which they could live their lives and in teaching them taught myself.

Dr. Man said...

My Fiance had the instance today. The little girl she babysits for had to go in Timeout today and every time shes in Timeout, she has to go to the bathroom. Well, today, my Fiance held her ground and made her hold it. After timeout, she didn't have to go to the bathroom anymore. O those kids.

Luckifer said...

Children many times have stopped me from doing stupid stuff. When I'm about to do something stupid, I think about who it will affect, then I stop.

I care about children, and I don't want to pain or harm them with my actions. . .time's up!

Cyndie said...

There are two big things I learned by having babies that I couldn't have known beforehand - what a truly selfish person I can be, and how much my parents love me.

Mindy said...

My own kids have a profound affect on my life on a daily basis. When I am short tempered they remind me to slow down and smell the roses. Don't be in such a hurry to get through life. We only have one life to live and we don't have that much time. Certainly we shouldn't waste it being short tempered and grumpy. They also have taught me to listen. Really listen. Kids have a lot of important things to say. They see the world in such a literal way. And sometimes seeing the world in a literal way is the best way to see it.

http://dabew.blogspot.com/ said...

Just a few adys ago i watched a woman and her children walk down the street. as they were walking each of them held their hands up so their mother could take them.
it had a great impact on me.

Steelers Wine Girl said...

Throughout the 4 years of my undergrad education, I worked at a daycare center. I always liked kids, but I never realized just how much they could touch your heart until I was rocking in a chair with a baby cuddled under my heart. Or how funny they are when they're learning to talk. Or how loving they are when they have just woken from a nap.

Doughboy said...

children are terrible. they should be banned really. people should only be allowed to exist from the age of, what, 15 upwards. No, I take that back 15 year olds are a nightmare as well. Technology and science should ensure that humans are birthed out of pods with a median age of, let's say, 38. There. Come out of their birth pod worrying about mortgage repayments and wondering if their lives are going anywhere. That's how it should be.
Fun? Running about and climbing trees? Nah. Our new old children would have no time for any of that.

It's the way forward.........

Roxy said...

My children and grandchildren are the of my light of my life. They bring unconditional love in places in my heart I never imagined.
Children are truely God's Gift.
For all of you who have small children - ENJOY! Your time with them is Short. They grow up and out into the world before you can blink!

Thank God for grandchildren!

TonyaLHeathco said...

I see hope in the eyes of my 4 year old grand-daughter Ana. She inspired in me a need to help others with the same genetic conditions we share. Playing with her provides the energy and creativity I need in my life so that I may flourish. She looks to me as a mentor and grandma. I look to her as a future of hope. I am grateful for her abundant life and the bit of Heaven she brings to all.

Anonymous said...

This spring we visited the child we support through Compassion. The family had so little. A bamboo fence surrounded the compound, and a several little shanties made up the rooms of the house, all with dirt floors and no windows. Chickens wandered at our feet. A goat was tied up a few feet from where we were sitting. Mama earns money making straw matts, papa makes baskets. Our child, a pre-teen was very quiet, not sure about us. She wasn't used to strangers. She showed us some drawings she'd made. They were beautiful. We brought her a present, a box of watercolor paints. She seemed pleased. What really brought a smile was a little stuffed bear. I don't think she had much in the way of toys. I think about her all the time now, wondering what is happening in her life and in her small world. I wonder if she's had enough to eat in the day. I wonder if she's been shown kindness. I wonder if she thinks about me. - CS

BumbleBee and Bunnies2 said...

I have 2 kids. No words can express how much joy is to watch a child grow or a 4 year old say something funny. Kids are the best thing. I love al children, from all over, any age.<3

Heather said...

I am so completely in awe of my son every day. Every time he wakes up from a nap or in the morning, it's like I just can't get enough of snuzzling him. I feel like we've been parted for too long. I think of what it will be like when he is a man and introducing me to his children and all the air leaves the room.

Jessica said...

I love this question -- children mean SO much to me! I'm going to school for my teaching certification and to me there's nothing greater than seeing a HAPPY child. I've student taught for a couple of years and the most distinct thing that I remember is watching certain children learn something new. Their curiousity is AMAZING and I wish I still had a mind that was SO eager and excited about learning so many new things.

C. Beth said...

Becki--Great lesson--for parents as well as teachers. I'm so sorry.

Restored--Are you a youth pastor?

Joanna--Thank you for sharing something so personal. I have not experienced difficulty conceiving but have experienced pregnancy loss. It gives a new perspective to things and definitely increases one's mercy towards others who have difficulty conceiving or who lose a pregnancy.

Jessica Eiden Smedley--What a fun comment! I think those kids' outfits say something about the parents too. It takes a confident parent to be okay with strangers seeing their kid in non-matching clothes. (And I'll be honest and admit as of right now I'm not one of those parents!)

Big Pete--What a smart, fun little girl your Lottie is!

Shirley--Loved your comment.

Saubry--I'm a babywearer too! My little guy isn't worn as much as he was when he was smaller but it's still such an important tool in my arsenal. I had him strapped to me in a mei tai at the grocery store today when he got fussy in the cart. Even nursed him as I walked along, and usually no one is the wiser when I do that.

Israel--Congratulations! I hope you cherish being a mother. My first is a little girl and I remember being so excited. It's a blast. Blessings for you when you deliver your new little Victoria!

Doughboy--Ha! Thanks for the funny comment.

Roxy--Great reminder for those of us who are sleep-deprived mothers of little ones!

Glen Binger said...

Children give me hope.

virginia said...

i never thought i would desire a child; my son is now 27 and i gratefully accepted motherhood.

no one ever expects to lose a child, but my sister lost her first-born 8 years ago...next week he would have celebrated his 30th birthday.

sometimes a child is lost in the land of the living, and the mother whose hem she's desperately tugging, just takes off her skirt. i hope my niece makes it to adulthood.

Journey of a Poet said...

It was my first child that saved my Life. She is now 23 and is my best friend, both my girls are and the youngest one is in Navy bootcamp she will graduate on December 5th.

The oldest saved me because before she came, I didnt feel loved and so I recreationally used drugs. I never purchased them but never said no. I allowed men to abuse me and life was horrible. It was the very second I knew she was coming, my life changed.

My youngest now Navy girl is the one I wanted to abort.

I thank God, I didnt. She is smart, intelligent and a hard worker. Just like me!

Shyv. said...

My niece who was born on February 16 2008 affected the relationship between my younger sister and I. My sister and I were never very close and our relationship was even often near hostile. A near death experience during her pregnancy brought us closer together and now my niece is also my God-daughter.

Goddess, Inc. said...

My boyfriend has two kids I'm just getting to know. His son is autistic, and although I like him and he is friendly to me, there isn't necessarily a traditional bond. His daughter is looking for a mom in the worst way. And I so I find myself falling in love with her because she's so sweet and so needy, and when I'm with her I realize how little I really know about life.

Patton said...

There is a bit of child in all of us, me included. It is that little voice that says "it's not fair". It has been a tough year and my "child" has been annoying. But my response to him has taught me top slow down.

oglasi said...

good post

Eric and Carol: said...

As a newly married successful corporate american female all was right with the world, until a positive sign appeared on a pregnancy test the day of my one year anniversary.

Little did I know how precious that suprise gift would be. 9 months later I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She has transformed my life and reshifted my focus from being selfish to selfless. I can understand why people say they don't want children, but I truly believe it's simply because they don't know what they are missing.

Sarah J. said...

My children inspire me to be a better person every day so I can be a better mom for them. Being a single mom is hard but the rewards are PRICELESS!!

Paula said...

If you have checked out my blog, They Saved Me at http://littlemessynoisy.blogspot.com/
then you will know right away how much affect my children have on me and what they have done since conception to change my life. What you don't know is this. I posed today's prompt because I was curious. Just about every child I have met in the 20 years since I developed psoriasis, has treated me with soft kindness that made me feel special in the heart of an innocent. Where the parents of these kids treated me as if I was a walking disease, the children never shied from hugs and hand holding. When a small hand takes yours you really feel you are in the presence of an angel.

drick said...

I have 3 nieces and 1 nephew who, when I met them, were all under the age of 10. I hadn't been around kids that young in a while and had forgotten about what it was like to be a child and filled with wonder. I almost spoiled santa for them once which I would've regretted.

Craig Glenn said...

Here is something I wrote many years ago about a child...

Close my eyes


I will close my eyes and tell you what I see.

I see a child, not innocent by nature,
but pure by virtue of not being scarred by life.
I see a child, not gifted, rich with talent,
but in all things athletic, his father's pride.
I see a child, not perfect in every way,
but loved with a mother's love, perfect and free.

I see his dreams, not of losing the big game,
but of striking out Hank Aaron in the ninth.
I see his dreams, not content to be average,
but Daniel Boone or Davie Crokett would do.
I see his dreams, not chained with depression,
but innocent and untouched, free and happy.

I see a man, not the man he'd hoped he'd be,
But a man whose life is filled with guilt and pain.
I see a man, not weak and frail to look at,
but broken from shame and weak from his darkness.
I see a man, not victorious and proud,
but used and abused, then tossed into the sea.

I see his tears, not the ones that you can touch,
but the red kind, that flow deep inside his chest.
I see his tears, not the kind that taste of salt,
but the ones that burn and riddle hearts with guilt.
I see his tears, not the kind that cleanse the soul,
but the dying kind, ones a child should not see.

I will close my eyes and tell you what I see,
I see a child in a man, of course this child,
is me.


John Craig

Anna Paula Tofoli said...

I´m a teacher, and one of these day one of my students have a acident in our school..I rush and than in find on the ground, cryng.
It makes me want to cry to, see him like that, sundely so fragile and helpless...
Just than i realize i was conected to this childreen forever...

Simone said...

My niece's birth and being a consistent part of her life constantly reminds me of the beauty and innocence of childhood. Nine years later and still I am in awe and wonder each time we share experiences together, whether they are new or traditions our family has passed down. Having the opportunity to behold her wonder, moments of first understanding, joy, sadness and the emotional struggle of growing and changing from baby to toddler to child to the dreaded tween is a blessing that I am truly grateful to my sister for sharing with me.

Anonymous said...

My husband's grandaughter has brought alot of warmth to me since she was born. She's 5 now. Sofie, like most kids, can look at yoou and know what's up, smile like there is no tomorrow, and laugh like a bubbling brook. There is no word for "slow' in her vocabulary. She is a diamond that shows all of her facets as she runs to you and syas, "Hey, Tere...can you help my do this?" Tha's Sofie, and that's my star!

Brenda Susan said...

The word child takes me to one sunny day in my livingroom I was twirling around to a fun christian Cd I had just bought. As I twirled I caught the reflection of myself & it looked like a little girl twirling before her Daddy, feeling totally loved & accepted. That momment changed my life!

yolanda said...

my little brother was born when i was 10, and my older sister was 15. he gave my whole family a new lease of life: my parents felt young, my sister felt maternal, and i felt wise.

Ryan Cooper said...

There was a child in my college algebra class the other day -- the daughter of a fellow student. She looked genuinely thrilled to be there, even though she was obviously out of touch with the subject matter. Wish I could say the same.

Blackguy Executive said...

The child that has influenced me the most is my little brother. He was born in 2000 and I am 15 years older then him. He reminds me of what it means to be a kid. He says the wackiest things. I know that he looks up to me but I learn something from him just about everyday. He is so smart. He is caring. Sensative and rough around the edges.

artie said...

The child that affected me most in life is the child that I once was. In lots of ways that child still is, that child creeps out from under the table and looks up at me.

James said...

My friend's daughter says that her Daddy does things to her. he's now in prison but everyone who knows the situation is aware that the ex-wife has been gunning for our friends for years, trying to get him out their lives. We all know he is innocent but the jury convicted him on word alone. The child has affected a wide range of people because we all feel the pain of an innocent man in jail. It's terrible that the ex can have so much power of suggestion over her daughter. I haven't been the same with kids since this happened because I fear that it could happen to me.

Snickerdoodle Champagne said...

If I had children of my own I’m sure I would write something different but since I don’t I will not choose one child in particular.... Children can teach us so much - with their sweet innocence, carefree attitudes, abundant love, never-ending faith, and the ability to notice and rejoice in tiny miracles. It is a sweet reminder of how we should be!

Reminds me of that song I learned when I was 3:
"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world!
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world!"

Simply Heather said...

This is my second note for the day. I went to a MOPS meeting this morning and was able to hold a 7 week old little girl in my arms. WOW - didn't that bundle of warmth and love fill my heart with joy?! As I held her, I remembered that feeling of being needed that I felt with my own little bundles. That feeling of completeness, contentment and precious innocence coming from such a little bundle is overwhelming. That is the affect that this little one had on me today.

Shan said...

The affect my son has had on my life was apparent, nearly immediately after he was born. I had always been rather timid, especially in the face of authority. But when you are responsible for a baby, you can't *be* timid. You have to stand up, ask questions and most importantly, get answers. I learned that for him.

Anonymous said...

There is no gold, gem or other form of monetary compensation that can buy anything akin to the wonder and joy felt in the genuine, heartfelt smile of a child.

zeke said...

This prompt made me think of a drawing professor of mine years ago in college. He used to tell us that as artists we must "strive to be child-like without being childish." Didn't understand then what he meant. I think I am starting to now.

When I hold the children of my siser and my friends, and I see the wonder with which they regard the everday, and I get to be a part of their wholesale rejection of boring old real life, it helps me to remember how wonderful and terrifying and magical the world can be. We can choose wonder. children help me remember that.

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Floydlloydboyd said...

Children are best with chips & hotsauce.

The Rambler said...

I was maybe 8 or 9. My dad was a hotel manager for a resort in the Cook Islands. One day while walking by the pool, a little girl had fallen in and her parents with friends hadn't noticed (too busy drinking). I remember jumping in and saving her...that moment has stayed with me.

Jinxie said...

I divorced when my son was 8 yrs old. It was hard on him but he always tried to make things easier on me. I realized one day to make sure he knew he didn't have to be the man of the house. I was his mom but we grew together as friends too. I went to my first concert with him (he was 16). ON his 21st Birthday, he chose to spend his big day with me. We've had many ups and downs and no matter how mad he got at me, he always made sure he hugged me goodnight even if he was still made. I still love to hear to him say I love you Mom!

Rose said...

I can't list all the ways my children have changed my life...I'm heavier thanks to my last pregnancy, exhausted, cranky, and some days feel like the worst mother in the world! However, I also have moments of such pure love, that I never thought I would ever feel that intensity of love for any one or any thing to this level. Kids are so pure and they make me laugh so unexpectedly, I love them and however they have changed my life I am thankful for it.

aLLeN said...

I didn't want to have children but in a weak moment my wife convinced me! I haven't had anything more satistying in life as I have with my children, now grown and my one grandson. It's a responsiblity of leaving a good legacy to them.

Chris said...


I think all children are cute, playful,innocent and funny.

It was fun watching my cousins and young children of the world.

It was really funny to see the way they used to experiment things and learn. It's amusing the way they relate about their world of their own. Not to forget those sweet smiles in good spirit and pouts when they were in a bad mood.

Matt & Lynne & Cece's blog! said...

At 42 and 39 respectively, my wife and I just welcomed our first child into the world. Cecelia Caroline has already taken our sleep and stolen our hearts. We are truly blessed.

Aniruddha said...

The children of the present generation are so inspiring that you just stop appreciating their talent. Check out any talent show or the reality show featuring kids and you will be zapped to see their amazing potential.
I really find kids to be a major source of inspiration in my life.

honeybee said...

My children have changed my life completly they have given me a reason for living and a reason for wakeing up in the morning. Ther eis never a day that goes by that I do not care more for them with every smile or kiss i see. They are the best gift that God could have given me, they are what I am supposed to do in life. I love them more than anything in life

tinaaalouise said...

When my brother had twins and was still living at home. He got custody of them from a girl he had been dating. I was only 14. They were living with me in my parents house and it was terrible. My room did not have regular doors, they were slide ones and i had no privacy when it came to the twins coming in and destroying my room every day.

It changed my life because i don't want kids. The horrors i saw growing up with twins in the house made me terrified to have or take care of children. They are 5 now and live with both parents, so everything is good now. I still do NOT want kids though.

Anonymous said...

my little brother has a huge impact in my life, he asks alot of questions and talks too much but he's still my little pumpkin. I've moved away from home and im living in a student hall an as fantastic and wahoo this life is ment to be, i honestly miss my brother too much, he told me he's not my friend today but i'll have to find out why tomorrow... and then he passed the phone to his spiderman toy...
i miss the crazy monkey :(

Kelly said...

It is as if my life had no meaning until I became a mother. I have 3 children who are the focus of almost everything I do. They inspire me, they frustrate me, they bring me unending joy and unconditional love. I am a better person now that I have children. The responsibility is daunting, but the rewards are many!

Mrs Umer f.k.a Miss Sue said...

the way they love... they love without any reservations... and will always come back to you no matter what...

Maricar said...

EJ, my first born, made me love my mother more. I've learned the sacrifices a mother does for her child. Now I'm pregnant with my second child and I'm looking forward to more learnings =)

like your blog!

~*J*~ said...

My 9yr son has had a major impact on my life. He had a brain tumor when he was 2 and has epilepsy. He fills every moment of my day with his giant smile and lots of laughter that just melts my heart:)

isaac [original] said...

i took longer than a minute lol

and posted it

here

http://possibleparadox.blogspot.com/

Bri said...

My whole life I was always the oldest. The oldest child, the oldest grandchild, and still I am the oldest in my household. I always remember wanting a bunch of kids just like my grandma and now I have them. They make my days worth living.

Reiko! said...

This is very random but I remember years ago, I was in a talk show stage. I watched every talk show there was to watch, including Jerry Springer (Don't judge me).

Well, I remember there was this little beautiful little black girl named Hydia who was born with HIV. She was so beautiful and had the sweetest spirit. I remember that she had to be no more than 6 and Jerry Springer had a mock wedding for Hydia and another kid (can't remember why but I do remember that it was one of the few shows that didn't exploit anyone.)

I remember being so intrigued by her story. She didn't have a mom (forgot why) and lived with a foster family. That year, Hydia was on Oprah and Sally Jesse Raphael. I was so intrugued by how beautiful she was yet how blessed I was to not have experienced her life.

I remember liking the name Hydia because of that little girl and I always wondered if she was still alive. A few years ago, I picked up an Essence magazine and saw that Hydia had grown into a teenager and was still prospering and educating young people about Living with HIV. For some reason, it put my heart at ease to know that little girl is still alive.

Bakedoutraych said...

when i see little kids or babies. whether at a family party or walking down a street, i think of innnocence. They're really beautiful. They're the constant reminder of how no matter what you go through in life you should hold on to that little bit of innocence you've got from your childhood.

Skipper said...

A child
What effect has a child, whether yours or someone else's, had on your life?

Having my little sister Karissa around has motivated me to make a conscious effort to make more time for family things. She is 4 years old and always wants to see me, play with me, read with me. Knowing that she will grow up and one day not be so interested in those things makes me want to invest in them now! Knowing that she will always say either, "my sister didn't spend time with me" or "my sister spent time with me" motivates me to make the right choices NOW.

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