Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, YES Day!
It’s not true every day is Children’s Day.
Some kids have lost their parents to disease,
or fatal accidents, or violence,
or war, or drugs, or worse, indifference.
And Hanukkah or Christmas does not count,
or ending Ramadan with giving gifts
and Sugar Feast, because each Holy Day
kids must be near perfect–it gives them fits!
So I propose a Children’s Day each year
when parents, mentors, friends each take the time
to say YES to a child’s request, then hear
a rhyme, and play a foolish children’s game.
What will abide is sitting side by side:
for then you’ll know you’ve helped a child to grow.
– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, June 24, 2015