They may not be as wise as the wisest,
They may not be clever and strong,
There'll be times when you think that
Their counsel is narrow and utterly wrong.
You will think when they frown upon pleasure,
Which you are so eager to share,
That your father and mother that love you
Are merely an old-fashioned pair.
But this they would have you remember
Whatever they say or do,
It is not of themselves they are thinking,
Their thoughts are centered in you.
There are those that flatter to please you,
For something they're eager to gain,
There are those who will seem to befriend you,
Who never will constant remain.
Some stranger will lead you to folly,
And leave you the moment it's gone.
Some not caring what harm may befall you,
Will tempt you with dangerous fun.
You may question the motives of others,
But remember your whole life through,
Your father and mother who love you,
Have no other motive than you.
There is nothing of profit they're seeking,
There's nothing they want you to buy,
You've no reason to doubt what they tell you,
They've nothing to gain by a lie.
Whenever they check or correct you,
It is not for themselves that they speak,
They would happier be could they praise you,
But it is only your welfare they seek,
You may think them old-fashioned and fussy,
And narrow, as children will do,
But remember your father and mother,
Have all their hopes centered in you.
- - Edgar A. Guest
YOUNG FRIENDS, I would be a hypocrite if I claimed that all parents are good parents. Some are selfish and care little for their own flesh and blood. BUT, many parents are deeply concerned about their children. If you don't understand what I mean, you will when you have a family of your own. Why not wake up, and appreciate them now!