March 09, 2008

Kindness Haiku

in from sledding,
fingers ice cold for tickling –
I let him

(One of the parts of parenting
that is at once satisfying and maddening
is the way in which you are constantly
negotiating away your own desires.
I didn't want his icy little digits on my neck,
but he was so excited by the prospect of tickling me
with his perfectly frozen fingers that I let him...
a kindness... thanks to the women of
One Single Impression for asking.)

(PS: In other news, hold a good thought for Jabiz Raisdana,
a teacher who is out of a job because of his blog.
Kind of makes you think. Gulp.)


Chelle said...

I can just see the mischievous look in his eyes. Congrats on deciding to endure the momentary pain to give him a small thrill.

SandyCarlson said...

You have beautifully captured an experience I too know well! Thanks for joining in.
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JAXTER said...

that is the essence of love, wow!

tumblewords said...

That huge kindness will be relived time and time again and will always bring a smile!

qualcosa di bello said...

the things we do for our children!...little acts of kindness they will carry for a lifetime :)

LittleWing said...

i so love your ku... thank you for reminding me the love of our children... now that my son's older i miss that little innocent boy.. not that he's perfect in every way... ha-ha.. thank you for the link to intrepid..

gautami tripathy said...

Unconditional love for a child..that is how I read this.

Can it get any worse than this?

Anonymous said...

Radiz Rasdana, what a treasure. The kids can tell. Their comments are soaring testimony to his impact and their sorrow (dispair, even) at his leaving.
Some of their comments sadly illustrate how badly our schools need fixing. All of their comments illustrate the need to attract and nurture excellence.
Thank you for the link to 'Intrepid'.
If and when you pick up the trail of his life, would you please post it as well? Thanks, ChimChim

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storyteller said...

things we do for love
children will not know until
parents they become

Hugs and blessings,

Kelley Ann Hornyak said...

Beautiful work! I have only written one haiku in my life but you have inspired me to take on more. Keep an eye on my because you just might see some haikus posted there soon. :)

I am really looking forward to reading more of your work, watching more of your videos, and enjoying your blog with a nice hot cup of coffee on a cold night like this one! You can't beat that.

Keep up the good work! I'm subscribing right now!

Cloudscome said...

You've done a great job of capturing that moment! Glad to learn of the One Single Impression blog here.

I am shocked and sobered by the link to Jabiz Raisdana's blog though. Phew.

spacedlaw said...

Yickes. I shiver for you. Kindness indeed.