Speak Gently

Speak Gently was written by G. W. Langford and consists of eight verses. Here are three of them:

Speak gently; it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently; let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.

Speak gently to the young; for they
Will have enough to bear;
Through this life as best they may,
‘Tis full of anxious care.

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the careworn heart;
Whose sands of life are nearly run,
Let such in peace depart.

Photo: Minnow Creek, Adelaide Hills, South Australia. (c) Marie Trudinger, 2016.

 

 

Grandparents

WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own.
They like other people’s.

A grandfather is a man and a grandmother is a lady.

Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them.
They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run.
It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves
and caterpillars.

They show us and talk to us about the colour of the flowers
and also why we shouldn’t step on “cracks”.

They don’t say, “Hurry up”.

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.

Grandparents don’t have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like “Why isn’t God married?”
and “How come dogs chase cats?”

When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for
the same story over and over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother,
especially if you don’t have television
because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have snack-time before bedtime
and they say prayers with us every time
and kiss us even when we’ve been naughty.

It’s funny when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.

(Excerpts from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

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