This beautiful poem, written by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan, was a tribute to her mum and is a great reminder to all parents (including myself that our kids are always looking, even when we think that they aren’t:

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You hung my first painting on the refrigerator

And I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You fed a stray cat

And I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You baked a birthday cake just for me

And I knew that little things were special things.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You said a prayer

And I believed there was a God that I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You kissed me good-night

And I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

I saw tears come from your eyes

And I learned that sometimes things hurt

But that it’s alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You smiled

And it made me want to look that pretty too.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

You cared

And I wanted to be everything I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

I looked…

And wanted to say thanks

For all those things you did

When you thought I wasn’t looking.

Sometimes, I forget that my kids are always watching and that everything I do has the potential to influence their view of the world.

So choose your actions wisely and help your kids to become the person you would like them to be.

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