Saturday, May 20, 2006


She is barely four, she looks out of the window every morning at the children boarding the bus to school "Mama I want to go to school in the yellow school bus" she says. This goes on every day , later that fall I register her in school , maybe a little too early but I think she has enjoyed the journey, bringing home awards year after year for good behaviour, academics, Poetry and creative writing. winning spelling Bees and short story contests. Concientious and hardworking always doing her best. Today she graduates , words cannot describe how proud we are of her achievements.
She wrote this poem at age 8.
Written by Maya

I wish
I was a graduate
At a university
Or college
Wearing a long
Flowing robe.
To rip off my hat
And throw it in the air
And let the past drift away
And let the future come through.

Today this is what I say to her in a poem written by Dr Seuss..

To My Daughter The Graduate.....Congratulations

This is your day!
You'r off to great places
You'r off and away
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose

You'r on your own and you know what to do,
And you are the gal who will decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets Look 'em overwith care
About some you will say " I dont choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet
You'r too smart to go down any not-so-good street.


You wont lag behind, because you have the speed
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best
Where ever you go you will top all the rest
Except when you don't because sometimes you wont.
I'm sorry to say so , but sadly its true,
That hang ups and bang ups can happen to you.

On and on you will hike
And I know you will hike far
And face up to your problems whatever they are.
You'll get mixed up of course, as you already know
You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step
Step with care and great tact
And remember Life is a Great Balancing Act.

You will succeed, Yes you will indeed
98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.
Kid, you'll move mountains.
You'r off to great places!
Today is your day
Your mountain is waiting so......Be on your way.


Sumitha 9:00 AM  

Hey is Maya your daughter?

chet 9:02 AM  

Very beautiful what your daughter and you wrote. It is so true what you said. Monday I will go to North Carolina for my grandson's graduation. What you have said is very inspiring and would like your permission to copy for him what you had to say. That was very well said.

Anu 9:17 AM  

Wow..that is quite a poem by an eight year old! Dr. Seuss's poem is so touching. My warmest good wishes and congratulations to your daughter!!

starry nights 9:24 AM  

Sumitha...Yes maya is my daughter

starry nights 9:24 AM  

Chet..thank you. you sure can copy it. congrats to your grandson.

starry nights 9:25 AM  

Anu..Thank you.

jac 9:37 AM  

Congrats for being her Mom.

chandni 9:38 AM  


Beautiful poems...and just perfect for the occaision


Sarah 10:09 AM  

If only my mother could ever say anything nice abt me.. I was never good enough..
Your daughter is so lucky..

starry nights 10:39 AM  

Thank you Sarah.Sometimes even though mothers think good things of their children they find it hard to verbalize, I dont know If they think that they should not, I really dont know why.But I think all mothers should praise their daughters,children are basically good,we are the ones who raise them.

starry nights 10:41 AM  

Thank you chandni.

Jackal 12:01 PM  

wow tht's really cute..n so thoughtful of u....congrats to her on graduation....wish her all the best...tcc starry


Hey...Woonderful...Esp how she so wanted to go to school and how she always was the best!! The poem she wrote, all she wanted, she made sure she worked hard for it. Very admirable qulities for a girl that age...How old is she now? Just asking and wondering if the pic you have there is her?? :)

fritz 8:08 PM  

aWeSoMe poem from an 8 yr. old're one proud mom! ;;)

Mindinside 10:01 PM  

I wish happiness and good luck for you both :)

richunderconstruction 11:53 PM  

beautiful poem by ur daughter...
n sumhw i associate wit it, coz im jst dun wit my graduation (minus the convocation tho!)

ur dedication to ur daughter seems to strike within me...
simply like it spks out to me too, as i leav my level of education to enter the so called 'workin' world'

thnx.. :)

Alexis Leon 7:30 AM  

Nice poems--both of them...

Congratulations to Maya... Enjoy and Excel in whatever your do...

Congratulations to you too for being there for her and being a very nice mom :-)

starry nights 7:30 AM  

Thank you scribblez, Jackal .the pic is of her from her kindergarden grad'

starry nights 7:32 AM  


starry nights 7:33 AM  

Richunderconstruction..Congratulations to you to. Wish you happiness and success in everything you do.

starry nights 7:33 AM  

Thank you Alexis..that was kind of you.

Madhu 7:42 AM  

Congratulations to both u and ur daughter. Touching post. What a proud moment it must be for u!

Raj 12:17 PM  

Congrats :)to The proud mother of a lovely daughter :)

I love Munich 12:40 PM  

She's a GREAT girl!!! You can sure be very proud of her!! I wish her ALL THE BEST for her future!!!

starry nights 8:11 PM  

Madhu, Raj & I love Munich...thank you

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Hey Star,i am waiting for your new post!

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Inji Pennu 6:19 AM  


Even tho you are sooo extremely happy, I somehow feel there is a tiny corner in your heart, where you think you want your little baby girl back, dont you? thats what i felt when i read this.

Has to be me 7:48 AM  

Wow! Congrats for having such a sweet n poetic daughter.
U must be a Proud n happy Mom :)

starry nights 10:39 AM  

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starry nights 10:43 AM  

Lg you are right. I am a bit sad because i wish she were a little girl again, somehow you feel that you are loosing your child. i think its a mothers instinct to hold on to her children but i have realized that she has to learn to stand on her own and i have to let go.

starry nights 10:44 AM  

Has to be me.. thank you

sailaja 4:30 PM  

Wishing Maya all the good things in life and God Bless her!
Its indeed a proud moment for you..:)

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