Enriched is the child

by Rod Smith

Enriched is the child who has never seen a parent drunk, or a parent vent their anger, use profanity, drive aggressively, behave violently, or use racial slurs.

Enriched is the child who does not have to worry about a gambling father wasting necessary family resources, or worry that a mother might not return home after a night on the town.

Enriched is the child who hears parents laughing with each other both day and night, and who hears the sounds of joy and celebration expressed by his parents.

Enriched is the child whose family puts off the TV for weeks on end, who takes walks with his family, who cooks meals from scratch with his family.

Enriched is the child whose family reads novels and who sit around a table discussing what each person is reading.

Enriched is the child who has a peaceful home where the only bickering is about who is funniest.

Enriched is child who hears “I love you” from a caring, non-possessive parents whom the child knows, expect nothing in return.

Such a child rests peacefully while learning to create similar safety for his own family when the time comes.

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