Universe, grant me
to do all the chores, join in the games, help with the lessons, and say the night prayers, and still have a few moments left over for me.
to be bread-baker and breadwinner, knee-patcher and peacemaker, ballplayer and bill juggler.
to wipe away the tears, to reach out when I’m needed, to hug and to hold, to tickle and touch.
to share and to care, to listen and to understand, and to make a loving home for my family.