My daughter's first grade class used Alison McGhee's Someday as a mentor text to craft their own Someday books. The parents were also invited to write Someday stories to share at Exhibition Night. I read my Someday poem to my daughter's class. It is inspired and dedicated to my mother who passed away when I was 15. She didn’t get a chance to see my Somedays.
Sophia, a while ago you told me that someday you wanted to grow up to be a pig. Now you want to be a veterinarian and zoo keeper. Zivi, you told me that someday you want to be a farm animal or help your sister at the zoo.
Someday I want to see you reach your Somedays.
But, there are Somedays and there are Everydays. Someday you want to be veterinarians and zoo keepers.
Everyday, I want you to treat animals and all of nature with respect.
Someday, I think all kids should feel good about themselves and not bully or hurt each other.
Everyday, I want you to practice kindness and be generous with your compliments and your actions..
Someday I want a world where all kids are free from sickness and disease. Including our friend Carson.
Everyday, I want you make choices that keep your body and mind healthy.
Someday, I want your children and grandchildren to breath clean air, drink pure water, and enjoy the wilderness.
Everyday, I encourage you to make choices to keep the Earth’s fever down and care for our lovely planet.
Someday, I want every child to read good books and learn to think critically.
Everyday, I want you to get a little smarter and bit wiser and make better choices.
Someday, I want every child to create the music and art that is in their hearts.
Everyday, I want you to find your own rhythm and dance to it.
Someday, every child should be a able to play, have enough to eat, and feel loved.
Everyday, I want you to feel happy, safe, and loved.
Someday, I want to see you fall in love.
Everyday, I want you to know that I love you more than anything in the world.
There are Somedays and there are Everydays.
Someday, I want to be with you to celebrate all your dreams and all of you Somedays.
But if I can’t, remember that everyday I love you and everyday you make my Somedays come true.