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The Power of Influence

      As a father of several young children, I have become increasingly aware of the truth of the old saying, "like father, like son". Reality is that our young children are impressionable.
     It is those closest to them who will impress and influence them the most. And who is much closer to young children than their parents. From their earliest days, a bond begins to develop between parent and child. And part of that bond is the security a young child has in looking up to someone who is so close to them, and who (they think) is the best person in their life. It is that life they mimic, and those footsteps they follow.
     Is the following poem, your aim and testimony regarding your children?

- Mervin Brubacher,
   Barwick, ON

March 2007

A careful man I ought to be;
A little fellow follows me
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self-same way.

I must not madly step aside,
Where pleasure's paths are smooth and wide,
And join in wine's red revelry-
A little fellow follows me.

I cannot once escape his eyes:
Whate're he sees me do he tries-
Like me, he says, he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine;
No base in me should he er'e see,
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go,
Through summer's sun and winter's snow
I'm building for the years to be,
A little fellow follows me.

- Selected,
Author unknown

The Little Chap Who Follows Me