Today I Taught My Child....

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Author Unknown

  When I got mad today and hit my child
  "For his own good," I reconciled,
  and then I realized my plight..
  Today, I taught my child to fight.

  When interrupted by the phone,
  I said, "tell them I'm not home."
  And then I thought, and had to sigh..
  Today I taught my child to lie.

  I told the tax man what I made,
  forgetting cash that was paid,
  And than I blushed at this sad feat..
  Today I taught my child to cheat.

  I smuggly copied a cassette,
  To keep me from one more debt,
  But now the bells of shame must peal..
  Today I taught my child to steal.

  Today I cursed another race,
  Oh God, protect what I debase,
  for now, I fear it is too late..
  Today I taught my child to hate.

  By my example, children learn
  That I must lead in life's sojourn
  In such a way they are led
  By what is done and not what is said.

  Today I gave my child his due
  By praise for him instead of rue.
  And now I have begun my guide;
  Today I gave my child his pride.

  I now have reconciled and paid
  to IRS all that I have made.
  And now I know that this dear youth,
  Today has learned from me the truth.

  The alms I give are not for show,
  And yet, this child must surely know
  That charity is worth the price:
  Today he saw my sacrifice.

  I clasp within a warm embrace
  My neighbor of another race.
  The great commandment from up above.
  Today I taught my child to love.

  Someday my child must face alone
  This fearsome undertone,
  But I have blazed a sure pathway:
  Today I taught my child to pray.

Author Unknown

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