First Steps

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Experiencing lifetime of first steps

Beginning with toddler’s curious try

Tumbling down to earth from frequent missteps

Inquiring mind looking skyward to fly


Growing up quickly, ready for life’s prep

Entering grade school doors, stepping right in

Navigating each year, planting more steps

Looking always forward, career begins


Living life, one year follows another

Challenging new steps arriving each day

Recalling advice from caring mother

Stepping out, traveling each new highway


Remembering this life’s countless missteps

Smiling at grandchildren’s beginning steps


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Judy Blume Quotes

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Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.

Things change . . . things happen . . . things you can’t imagine when you’re young and full of hope.

Judy Blume (born 1938) is an American writer who is best known for her children’s books and young adult novels.

Life’s Interactions (Haiku Series #221)

Always Reliable

Tireless hands working

Never, ever complaining—

Around every clock

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Well worth morning’s wait

Brewing up coffee’s first cup—

Joy fills every sip

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Climb Aboard

Racing’s Triple Crown

Post time at Merry-Go-Round—

And they’re off. . . again!

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Blessings of Children (Haiku Series #219)

Through Tiny Eyes

Toddler growing up

Every day filling with joy—

Unlocking each “first”

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Helping Out

Little assistant

Shopping cart’s navigator—

Trying to keep up

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Smallest Gifts

Time’s precious moments

Parenthood’s daily treasures—

Fill another heart

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Parenting Quotes

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Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Barbara Johnson

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American philosopher and writer. 

Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) was a best-selling author as well as a Christian writer of numerous faith devotionals.

Maya Rudolph Quotes

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To have your childhood dream realized is a really big deal.

The thing you can do better than anyone else is love your children, because they’re your children.

Maya Rudolph (born 1972) is an American actress, comedian, and singer.

Life’s Lighter Side (Haiku Series #215)


Viewing cooking shows

Watching, yet never taste test—

Counting calories

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Pushing shopping cart

Faster than flashy Corvette—

Speed up–kids at play!

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Gifted three-year old

Earning Phi Beta Kappa—

Reading picture books

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Whitest Glow

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December’s barren ground

Autumn now long over

Snowflakes flying, earthbound

Winter’s white sweet clover


Village sleeping tonight

Children dreaming of snow

Crystal-clear sky’s moonlight

Changing to whitest glow


Beginning to drop in

Targeted flurries fall

Playful snowstorm begins

Winter finally calls


Snowy pace never wanes

Flakes now piling up high

Truckers reaching for chains

Driving where snowballs fly           


Wishful, children wake up

Stirring with loudest cheers

Sleds ready for tune-up

White Christmas comes this year


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Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

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The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.

Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was an American educator, philanthropist, and civil rights activist.  A daughter of former slaves, she made a significant impact in the lives of many.

School Bells Ringing (Haiku Series #192)

It’s Time

Morning alarm rings

Summer vacation over—

Teacher calls my name

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Stay Alert!

Flashing traffic lights

Driving with care in school zones—

Give these kids a BRAKE!

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Students’ Toolbox

Another school year

Effort, attitude, action—

Ready for success

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