I hope I can always be honest with them, and that they'll learn from my mistakes without having to repeat them.
I really hope they don't hurt others just to make themselves look better.
I hope they never let a boyfriend hit them.
I hope they never go unbecomingly crazy on account of some boy. If they do, I hope they find their grace real quickly.
I hope they never lose faith in themselves.
I hope they learn to value honor, and that their word will be respected with good reason.
I hope they won't fear me so much that coming to me with the truth would ever be something they had to think over.
I hope they have a firm handshake.
I hope they never put substances into their bodies that have absolutely no business being there.
And the other ones...well, I hope they'll pick a safe place and the right people to do them with.
I hope they'll learn responsibility and accountability from me and not the hard way.
I hope they never say they hate me.
I hope they can laugh at themselves.
I hope they recognize their own power, and laugh at anyone who says differently.
I hope they never have to watch me die slowly, or harshly.
But when the time comes, I hope at least one of them offers to be with me.
I hope I can show them power even then, and that they realize the best of me comes from their grandmother. I hope I can pass all that on to them.
I hope they do good things in the world.
I hope they're truly happy with their lives, and their parts in our family. I hope they honor our heritage and carry our stories, and that one day their children will carry theirs with pride and fondness.
I hope they follow their hearts and passions, and when it's over, I hope that they're well pleased.
This is my entry for Week 7 of therealljidol. If you enjoyed it, please remember me when the polls go up Friday. I am now in Tribe technophile. Thanks!