being a parent
is a God given blessing
not every adult will succeed
some learn a very hard lesson

bearing a child
does not a parent make
it's all in the love and caring
and making many a mistake

being a parent takes a special person
one that is truly well blessed
able to turn frowns into smiles
with just one very loving caress

able to teach how to love and to share
even how to make heartfelt amends
able to teach how to respect and honor
not only family but very good friends

able to teach how to communicate
and how to listen with patience
to trust in self and those that are loved
always there with firm but gentle guidance

able to let mistakes be made
and never putting anyone down
always loving and very supportive
no matter the direction in life found