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A beautiful poem for our lockdown children

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suziewoozie Wed 10-Mar-21 18:16:32

This was on my FB page - I think it’s beautiful

In twenty years time...
People will not ask the children of 2020 if they caught up with their studies.
They will not ask them what grades they made, despite the year off school.
They will ask them with wonder ‘what was it like?’
They will ask them ‘how did you cope?’
‘How did you feel?’
‘What do you remember of those days?”
They will listen in awe to the tales of clapping on doorsteps for the medical workers.
They will sit open-mouthed to hear of daily walks being the only life we saw and how much we missed human contact and gatherings.
They will be amazed to know about empty supermarkets, online concerts, birthdays spent on a screen and a life lived inside.
They will listen, then sit back with amazement and say, ‘Wow. You went through so much.’
So think about what you would like your children to take away from this whole year.
Tell them they are not behind.
Tell them they are not missing out.
Tell them they are extremely special indeed and they will be forever made stronger by this unique time.
Tell them catching up is not even a thing because they have grown so much in so many other ways.
Remind them too of the fun stuff, the family jigsaws, the window rainbows, the zoom bingo.
The feeling of safety and togetherness amidst the chaos.
Let them take that thought with them through life.
Change the narrative now and it will travel far.
Tell the children they are not behind.
They are special.
They are special.

~Donna Ashworth
Author of "History Will Remember when the world stopped: Poems from the Pandemic"

Pebbles101 Wed 10-Mar-21 19:13:48

Fantastic advice - I am mostly in awe of how the children are coping in this year of total change. I recently told my 12 y gd just that and how proud of her I was and definitely not to feel she needs to catch up with school work as her future is going to be so different!

suziewoozie Wed 10-Mar-21 19:17:55

Of course I accept that there are some issues for some children, but our love , support and pride in them will carry most of them through. Calling them a ‘lost generation’ is cruel and unnecessary

crazyH Wed 10-Mar-21 19:29:02

I wrote this yesterday when I was feeling ?
First there was S ,my tall handsome boy
Loves his family, brings me such joy
D, my beauty, but just not aware
Her model looks, will take her somewhere
Then comes the toddlers growing so fast
Making their Nan’s heartbeats longer to last
A, my sweet little Catholic girl
Not shy as we thought, will give everything a whirl
S, my lad , with those bright sparkling eyes
Wide open arms, his love no disguise
S, her cheeks so soft and so cute
Whispers “Nanny,I love you”, no dispute
And then there’s T , my bundle of love
Turns my house around, broke my porcelain cow
But what would I do without my precious six
God sent them to me , He knew I needed a fix

suziewoozie Wed 10-Mar-21 19:31:30