Cherish These Days, Little One

April 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

Cherish These Days, Little One

By Hannah Pettett


An old man sits in a rocking chair with a bundle in his arms,

The fire crackles in the background as the old man rocks the bundle back and forth;

It is the old man’s newborn grandson,

The only light comes from the warm glow of the fireplace and the candles on the mantle,

The grandfather gently strokes the baby’s head,

He starts to whisper, ever so softly, in the baby’s ear:


“Sleep, little one, sleep,

Sleep while you can,

Close your eyes and rest in the peacefulness of quietness,

Drift sweetly off to dreamland, for you have no cares,

Dream peacefully while you have no worries,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long,


“Your legs and feet have yet to walk,

Your hands have not yet toiled,

Your mind is not yet aware of all the trouble in this world,

And your heart has not yet been broken,

Sleep, little one, sleep while you can,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long,


“You will soon grow into a child,

Your days will be happy and carefree,

Your mornings will consist of making mud pies,

Your afternoons playing in the sun and picking flowers,

And your evenings watching the sun set,

You will be loved, fed, clothed, and well taken care of,

You won’t have to worry about paying the bills, raising children, or making ends meet,

Your only worry will be the monsters underneath your bed,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long,


“Your days as a youth will be mostly blissful,

Your friendships will blossom,

You’ll discover talents and passions that you never realized you had,

And you’ll grow from a child into a man,

Some days will be very hard,

Your heart will become broken and bruised,

Oh, how I wish I could protect you from this, my little one!

But I cannot, you must trust Someone else,

While you are a youth, you will learn about how you were made and Who made you,

You will learn about the Maker of the universe,

Little one, the best thing you could ever do is to choose to have a relationship with Him,

He will help you through every hard situation,

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long,


“You will then grow into an adult,

You will grow into a man,

Many challenges you will face,

And many challenges will you fail,

But do not give up,

When you fall, you must stand up and try again,

Some of the greatest things you’ll ever experience will be when you’re a man,

You fall in love,

You will start a family,

Your wife will be your jewel, and your children the apple of your eye,

Your family will be one of the most important things you’ll ever have, so treat them as a priceless treasure,

Your family will fill your days with love and laughter,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long,


“Your life on this earth is but a mist,

You are but a wilting flower, who is here today but gone tomorrow,

Your life is short, so live it well,

Do not waste your time on things that will not matter once you are old or dead,

Love as many people as you can while you are alive,

Live each day as if it were the last day of your life,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long,


“Your skin is still soft and smooth,

You don’t even have teeth yet,

Your back is without a pain,

But someday soon,

Your skin will be wrinkled,

Your teeth will be yellowed,

And your back will ache,

And someday soon,

You will sit down in a rocking chair with your grandchild in your arms,

And you will gently stroke its head and softly whisper in the baby’s ear:

‘Sleep little one, sleep,

Cherish these days, little one, for they will not last long.’”


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. FaiseCeaxleta  |  April 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm

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