ULTIMATE PROTECTIONby Joanne GreenI monitor the foods he eats, That he will grow up strong. I guide his moral development By teaching right from wrong. I dress him warm on colder days, And of course we immunize. I teach him rules of safety to Ensure his choice is wise. If only I could hold a shield To turn all hurts away I'd stand a martyr's vigilance And protect him night and day! But there comes a time when it no longer Does him any good That I continue to hold the shield That he more appropriately should. And that becomes especially true When peer relations start; When hurts don't hurt his body so much As they truly hurt his heart. I could protect him - hold the shield - Turn slandering others away Or I could pass the shield to him To keep the darts at bay. When comments hurt my little boy I die a bit inside. But when I see him face his pain I understand with pride. Ultimately the battle is his And he will learn to deal With ugly words and painful wounds That he alone must heal. I want always to protect him, And I know I always will, But the best way to protect him Is to provide him with that skill.
Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut 06430
Last updated: January 24, 2000