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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • When you thought I wasn't looking

  • Every night when I head to bed, I stop by my children’s rooms to kiss them goodnight. They are sound asleep, but I think they will be comforted by one more kiss and I need just one more too. This fall, as I’ve done my bedtime ritual, I have been reminded of a poem that the Sleepy Eye Public School senior football players shared with their moms at a homecoming event.
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  • Every night when I head to bed, I stop by my children’s rooms to kiss them goodnight. They are sound asleep, but I think they will be comforted by one more kiss and I need just one more too. This fall, as I’ve done my bedtime ritual, I have been reminded of a poem that the Sleepy Eye Public School senior football players shared with their moms at a homecoming event.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer and knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust God.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s alright to cry.
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    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
     
    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, Thanks for all the things I saw, when you thought I wasn’t looking. - Mary Korzan
     
    Actions speak louder than words and our children are always watching.

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