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Parental Praise
by Dolores G Wix
Friday, September 05, 2003

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A poem about the greatest award a parent can give to a child

Why didn't you tell me
How truly wonderful I am?
All those years I spent feeling
Like I was nothing but a sham.


I guess I can't blame you
For passing only what you know.
It's going to stop with me.
Feelings I'm not afraid to show.


If I won an Oscar, an Emmy or the Pulitzer Prize
I would trade them all
'Cause don't you realize
All I ever wanted in all of my days
Was to hear from you just a positive phrase.


For the rest of my life
I will have to put up a great fight
To silence your negatives
That would hurt worse than a snake bite.


I know I'm wonderful
I tell myself that every day
When I started to believe
It became easier to say.


If I won a Tony, a Grammy, even the Nobel Prize
They could not compete
'Cause don't you realize
What you pass on to children, it always stays
Let it be an award like parental praise.


Copyright 1997 Dolores Grider

Fertile Ground Publishing
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Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 12/2/2003
Children are born with a blank slate upon which parents write their lives. Very well written, Dolores. I also like your attitude about writing: to make it memorable, character driven. Stop in my den sometime, take a look at "Shades of The Rainbow" and "Today, Jesus Said." ~~Bonnie Q
Bonita M Quesinberry
Associate Editor, Washington
Waltsan Publishing, Texas
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/3/2003
You are so right! Well said. Thank you for this offering Dolores.
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 11/2/2003
Excellent poem!
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 10/9/2003
My father should have seen this. Good job.
Reviewed by Dolores Dawes 9/26/2003

Excellent Dolores! This is food for thought for parents of all ages. If parent only knew the negative impact their abusive words have on their children lives, they would think twice before verbally abusing them. I hope this gets published! Peace.
Reviewed by William Heffner 9/16/2003
Thanks for sharing and what a goal, becoming a parent worthy of praise.

God Bless You and Your Loved Ones

Officer William Heffner
Reviewed by Linda Murray 9/7/2003
So much truth and reality in this poem. Many parents should read this. Good write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/6/2003
i was always criticized by my parents, that and abused, and years later, i still feel the hurt that caused me. it was not so much my parents, it was more my older sisters, and nothing was done to stop the abuse. heartwrenching write; thanks for sharing! (((HUGS))) and love, your friend, karen lynn in texas (ABUSE SURVIVOR). :( >tears <
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 9/5/2003
Deep truth here, Dolores. Parental praise or criticism stays with kids.
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