Caregivers of Our Youth

Caregivers Of Our Youth ©
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
July 22, 2023

Remember when those childhood boo, boos
Were ever so gently kissed
By caregivers with miraculous powers
Those times are truly missed
Remember when school failures were soothed
So they didn’t seem so tragic
Words of kindness and encouragement shared
Always worked like loving magic
Remember when social acumen
For you just wasn’t a natural thing
So once again loving caregivers jumped in
Helping your hurting soul to once again sing
And those times when looking into the mirror
Brought sadness and sometimes such pain
So the loving folks who brought you up
Encouraged you to just try and try again
Now for some all my words are just pure fantasy
For some grew up in a hurtful place
Where love and kindness would never be
Painful memories brought a life without grace
So get out you did to seek refuge and joy
Like you hoped one day you would do
You knew you deserved some happiness
Perhaps even love that was honest and true
No caregiver was ever perfect
Some were even downright mean
Others were loving and caring folks
And every permutation in between
No explanations I’ll give for their failures
For their foibles or massive success
Just a thought I’ll offer upon this page
They probably just did their best

About this poem

Our caregivers just did the best they could.

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Written on July 22, 2023

Submitted by shulman.gary on July 22, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,285
Words 230
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 3, 32

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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