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The Legacy

When you have a child,
it is a responsibility like no other
a responsibility that consumes your soul
if you take it by the horns and run,

By that I mean this,
look at the times, trends, life
and you begin to teach
and they begin to learn,

You teach them of love, respect,
not to lie, cheat or steal
you teach them the value of friends
you teach them responsibility,

You teach them to learn
the value of education, further education
you teach them the value of a dollar
you teach them how to be independent,

I have had the pleasure to raise 5
5 independent children, educated
respectful, trustworthy, loving
they have many friends

they are successful, have families, mostly
I love them all, with all my heart
though I must say my raising style has changed
And I must beg the oldest 4, their forgiveness

The last to raise is not my Legacy
he is a Legacy, to his Step Mother and me,
he has all the aforementioned, plus vision
at 15 he has GPS for his future

I play 12 Musical instruments, he plays 11
His Brother and I write, he writes,
He excels at all he does
I was not as hard on him,

Josh, you are not my Legacy

You are a Legacy, Created by God, Serving God
Truly a Son of God,
But you are still my Son and I am very Proud of you,

Staff Sergeant Joshua Pickett JROTC, 

To all my Children, I love you all equally,
I just wish I raised you all equally, you all deserved it!

Love .....Dad

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  1. Date: 2/4/2015 11:24:00 AM
    Beautifully written with an explicit craft shown as obvious as the scorching sun. Great piece, a wonderful share and a blessed read.

  1. Date: 11/16/2011 5:53:00 AM
    Cool and honest write from the heart, Taz. You put it where it's at way to go. Glad I finally got to meet josh last night. He is a very likeable wise young man and fortunate to have the guidance he does from awesome parents

  1. Date: 11/12/2011 10:35:00 PM
    Hey Taz, soupmail returned, God bless - Willy

  1. Date: 11/12/2011 12:10:00 PM
    This is a gem Taz, hope you shared this one with your children.. As the saying goes we learn as time goes on.. I pray that I'll have wisdom when I have kids one day ;) Willy