Mother’s Pride

More often than I ever would have imagined, my children create small miracles.

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Kristina Drake’s Recently Published Creation

I actually have a total of five two-legged miracles from them. And these five are delights that will forever feed my soul–I only hope they realize how much.
Today, though, I want to share a different kind of miracle: my daughter’s poem, Indulgence. It speaks strongly to me and, if you are a woman, it probably speaks to you as well. A man who appreciates poetry will also surely like it. Enjoy.

Teenage Girls Don’t Need Makeup

Pay attention, girls, ’cause I’m telling you the truth:

You don’t need any makeup to get your through your youth.

True beauty – that is real – doesn’t come inside a jar.

It’s important that you realize, you’re great the way you are.

image-10Forget about the lipstick, mascara, cream and blush.

They may make you look older, but what’s all the rush?

Enjoy your life at thirteen; learn to love yourself;

Stop looking in the mirror; leave the products on the shelf.

They’re full of nasty chemicals that aren’t good for you;

They coat your skin and lashes and muck your lips up too.

Plus after you have put them on, and you’re caked with all that stuff,

Before you go to bed at night, you have to scrub it off.

Finally, when you’ve finished that, your face is once more clean.

But wait! According to the pros, you must apply more cream.

Yes, this circle is a vicious one. It’s really quite a pain.

Before you leave to go to school, you must dress your face – again!

These products are not good for you, and look at the price you pay!

Though they promise to make you beautiful, this is what I say:

Without them you ARE beautiful, and you have a lot more time,

To do the things that really count, and that really help you shine.

Just be yourself and live your life; do real things – for you.

Spend time with friends, and learn, and do. Be beautifully real and true!

Don’t listen to cosmetics claims – the scene they show is fake.

Real women don’t look anything like the nonsense they portray.

Ignore their ads and keep your cash, and refuse to pay the price.

Instead of falling for their claims, consider my advice.

Makeup can cost a fortune, and help companies grow richer.

Just forget all their slick talk and listen to your teacher.

 

Note:This Rapper Drake” wrote and performed a shorter version of this rap for students in her last years of teaching at Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, a girls’ school in Outremont, Quebec.

Thank you, Robert Frost

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The woods are lovely, [white and bright,]

But I have [Wordpress posts to write,

And work to do before tonight,

And work to do before tonight.]

It’s rare that I enter these woods without the words of Robert Frost’s famous poem dancing through my mind. But since I was there on a sunny afternoon, his words didn’t quite ring true. So, I had to modify them. And yes, now they respect the moment. 🙂

Perhaps you’d like to listen to Robert Frost reading his original creation, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.