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Glimpses of God every day.
Giggles under the covers every night.
More love than your heart can hold.
Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
Endless wonder over rocks, ants,
clouds, and warm cookies.
A hand to hold, usually covered
with jam. A partner for blowing
bubbles, flying kites, building
sandcastles, and skipping down the
sidewalk in the pouring rain.
Someone to laugh yourself silly
with no matter what the boss said
or how your stocks performed that
For $160,140, you never have to
grow up. You get to finger-paint,
carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek,
catch lightning bugs, and never
stop believing in Santa Claus.
You have an excuse to keep: reading
the Adventures of Piglet and
Pooh, watching Saturday morning
cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars.
You get to frame rainbows, hearts,
and flowers under refrigerator
magnets and collect spray painted
noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand
prints set in clay for Mother's
Day, and cards with backward letters for
For $160,140, there is no greater
bang for your buck.
You get to be a hero just for retrieving
a Frisbee off the garage roof,
taking the training wheels off
the bike, removing a splinter, filling the
wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum
out of bangs, and coaching a
baseball team that never wins but
always gets treated to ice cream
You get a front row seat to history;
to witness the first step, first word,
first bra, first date, and first
time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal.
You get another branch added to
your family tree, and if you're
lucky, a long list of limbs in
your obituary called grandchildren.
You get an education in psychology,
nursing, criminal justice,
communications, and human sexuality
that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank
right up there with God.
You have all the power to heal a
boo-boo, scare away the monsters
under the bed, patch a broken heart,
police a slumber party, ground them
forever, and love them without
limits, so one day they will, like you, love
without counting the cost.