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Monday, February 13, 2006

Listen to the Mustn'ts...

This is one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. I used to read it to Samantha every night before I put her to bed. I got tired of her hearing nothing but one doctor after another saying she wouldn't do ____, or couldn't do______, or would never be able to do____. I wanted her to learn to ignore them, and maybe even get mad enough to want to prove them wrong. I wanted to share this with you all tonight because I am feeling rather grim about some things, and it lifts my spirits a bit. Never let anyone tell you that something cant or wont happen... There is no such thing as impossible... You may have to fight tooth and nail... It may take much longer than you want it to... But NOTHING is impossible.

Listen to the Mustn'ts

Listen to Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

-Shel Silverstein


Sol said...

Nothing is Impossible..book by Christopher Reeve ;)

for starters, i know that flouride and chlorine can be harmful to those who are allergic/sensitive to it

..see ya after V-Day.

Melissa said...

Sol- its funny to me how you make such a romantic day sound like "D-Day" :) Christopher Reeve was an amazing and inspiring man.

Starry Lady said...

Shel Silverstein is one of my absolute favorites... as soon as I saw the title I was reciting the poem... I should put it somewhere I'll see it everyday. That'd be good for me.

Sol and I know the truth about valentines day.

And good luck teaching your daughter to be strong. Some of the happiest people I know are the ones that have the most right to be miserable and give up.

Melissa said...

Starry - I have this poem on Samantha's wall in her room, I think it does me as much good to read it as it does her to hear it.