COMMENTARY: If I Could Give You Anything

It’s a tradition during a bat or bar mitzvah ceremony for parents to deliver specific blessings to their child. I wrote a poem for my daughter Abrielle a few years ago. I want to share it with you as I think it captures the sort of thing most parents wish they could give their children.

If I Could Give You Anything

If could give you anything, anything at all,

I would give you all the things the poets write about – deep blue skies, pure white clouds, warm sunshine, cool breezes, stunning sunsets, glorious rainbows, and grand waterfalls.

I would give you something to smile about every day.

I would surround you with true friends to share your joys, comfort you through tough times, and bring out the best in you.

I would give you great teachers to fill your mind with wondrous facts, unanswered questions and a love for learning.

I would give you the wisdom to know your heart and the courage to follow it.

I would fill your days with carefree play and meaningful work.

I would give you challenges worthy of your talents and achievements worthy of your pride.

I would fill your heart with gratitude and teach it to forgive.

I would give you genuine self-confidence, fearless enthusiasm, and grand expectations.

I would give you a life filled with hugs, laughter, love, and the wisdom to be happy.

And when you are ready, I would give you a life mate worthy to be your lifelong partner and the father of your children.

And I would give you a daughter as good as you.

Sadly, I don’t have the power to give you all these things.

But I can remind you that you have the power within you to find, make, and keep all the things I wish for you.

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  1. Hi Michael,

    True to your name, Michael, this poem can only be written by an angel for his daughter!
    Yes, it brought tears to my eyes as well and my wife is reading a printed copy of it and with a box of tissue by her side. As parents we understnd your sentiments.

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  2. Very special, Michael, and I know this to be so true of your caring and your sensitive feelings. And, belated Happy Birthday wishes to you, dear friend. You were in my thoughts and prayers in the 10th. Mazel tov!

  3. Michael,
    Such a lovely post…Thank you so much for your beautiful mind and for publishing your art for all to enjoy. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to seeing you in my mailbox and reading it 🙂 I’m hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

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  4. Is there a way I can get a copy of this What Will Matter to be played at a funeral; or can I copy it myself? It is so beautiful…Thank you!!!

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  5. What a beautiful poem. I’m writing a book for my three kids and would like to include this for my daughter. May I use it if I give you the proper credit? I also want to use a Father’s Prayer for His Son by Douglas MacArthur.

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