My Son

I’m calling it a night…but, as I head off to sleep, I wanted to just publish my pride.  I’m so grateful for my son; his health, his intellect and his big heart.  It was 22 years ago that he came into the world on St. Patrick’s Day…a blessing child.  I won’t get all sentimental here, just suffice it to say that he is my boy.  And, I cherish him.  A poem I passed on to him last evening over family dinner…I’ve always thought that these words were glorious ones.

By Rudyard Kipling1865–1936 Rudyard Kipling

(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)

3 thoughts on “My Son

  1. Ah I love the Kipling poem. Congratulations to you and your son and much happiness and joy to both of you

  2. Nice post. And thanks for linking to our little blog! Connecting into these online communities of faith and prayer can be a great support and a helpful outreach. It’s a whole wider parish we’re slowly finding our way around from here in Gardiner Street, Dublin. Blessings!

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