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The Magic of Being-Helping Children To Be Happy With Who They Are

Being a teacher and a mother, I know the importance of feeling joy and love in a child's life. Enjoy the miracle of life with your child!


Dedicated to All the Children of the World

Dedicated to All the Children of the World

This article is dedicated to all the children of the world. I would like these poems and images to celebrate the precious gift of life that they have been given to discover and learn new things every day about the wonders of our natural world and to help awaken the sense of magic in themselves to realize their dreams.

Every child is unique and very special and I sincerely hope that this article will impress upon us as parents, teachers, and all who come into contact with our children that we can impact their lives in a most significant way.

By providing a supportive environment which encourages feelings of self-worth, we can help our children gain the confidence they need to fulfill their unique potential, give their lives meaning and purpose, and by so doing effect the lives of others in a positive way too. If we give our children the emotional support they need to believe in themselves, they would lead happier, more productive lives, and our world would become a more loving place for all.

The Magic of Being (a poem about the miracle of life)

Feel the magic of the moment

up a hill as you race...

the wind blowing against your face

stand on your toes,

reach so high

with your fingertips

touch the sky.

As you lie on the grass,

the shapes in the clouds as you gaze

can simply amaze;

now you see a dragon

riding in a wagon,

or a seal juggling a ball

turning suddenly into a giant... so tall.

On a crisp autumn day

feel the sun as it gently warms

your hands, face, and feet;

above do you see

the golds, reds, and yellows in the trees?

Feel how soft is a puppy's fur,

listen to a cat's melodious purr...

look deep and you'll see the love in your dog's eyes,

up to see a hawk gliding effortlessly across the sky...

Imagine dancing on a flower,

looking down from the Eiffel Tower

traveling to a star...

from deep in the ocean to the farthest corner of space

the universe is such an extraordinary place!

Walk in a forest,

and marvel at the greatness of a tree;

look up into its canopy

at the light rays streaming

through its leaves.

Listen to a bird as it sings

and help one if it has a broken wing...

be in touch with your heart

for it can lead us to do noble things.

Live by the creed

to help those in need...

as it can indeed transform;

it is like a sort of magic

that no one else can perform

what only you can do;

Your life is important you see-

as your choices effect both you and me,

and all living beings

that unite us in common destiny.

Look up at the night sky,

how bright are the stars

and yet how far,

then make a wish

for it might come true...

but only if you do!

Contemplate the beauty of a sunset-

a musical tune that you can play,

listen to what a poem has to say...

admire the symmetry of a rose,

or the intricate pattern of a snowflake

as it tingles on the tip of your nose.

Never take a minute for granted

for all the wonderful things you can do...

the beauty that is all around,

the splendor that is waiting to be discovered by you!

-Lora Hollings

My Beautiful Daughter With Our Rescued Puppy

This is Mandy a little puppy that my family adopted from a shelter for Christmas. As my daughter would say, "She was my best friend for 14 yrs. until she died of old age. She taught me all about the magic of loving a pet!"

This is Mandy a little puppy that my family adopted from a shelter for Christmas. As my daughter would say, "She was my best friend for 14 yrs. until she died of old age. She taught me all about the magic of loving a pet!"

About Me

Some people say I have brown hair

others say it is blond...

I love to run;

pretend that I can be anyone,

as I daydream under the shade of an apple tree

in the long lazy days of the summer sun.

My passions are music, books, and animals.

Quite a peculiar mixture,

I'm sure you'll agree

but that's just fine with me.

I have so many goals,

who knows where I'll go...

I'd prefer to be a marine biologist

or may be a musical zoologist?

I love good times, family, and friends.

I have my ups and downs...

but mostly I just try to stay cool

with my feet firmly planted on the ground,

and my dreams in stereophonic sound!

-Lora Hollings

"A Heart So Pure" Dedicated to the Life of Ernest

The following poem is dedicated to my wonderful little terrier mix that I adopted from an animal care and control facility. This is Ernest at 16 wks. He is now 5 years old, and will always be my little guardian angel and a source of inspiration for my writing.



A Heart So Pure

My dear pet

your noble face reflects

a trusting soul,

a devout heart-

to live simply to be loved,

and love in return.

There is truth

in your simplicity,

virtue in your


and wisdom in

your humility.

And there is beauty in

a heart so pure.

-Lora Hollings


© 2020 Lora Hollings


Lora Hollings (author) on August 21, 2020:

Chrish, thanks for reading my article and for such a lovely comment. I'm happy that you found the message to be uplifting and life affirming. And God bless you and your loved ones, too! Have a great weekend, my friend.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on August 21, 2020:

Hi Ms Lora, I wanted to say thanks for reminding me how beautiful life is. Such a beautiful daughter of you.

I'm a dog lover as well and she's pregnant! Everyone is so excited .

God bless you and your family! Happy weekend.

Lora Hollings (author) on February 12, 2020:

Thanks for your great comment, Chitrangada. How true your words are! Each child is unique and has so much to give the world. We as parents, teachers, and those who interact with children can make such a difference in the way they grow up. If we want them to have self-worth and be compassionate toward others, then we need to show them much love and respect for their feelings and help them to achieve their goals. I deeply appreciate your compliment! Blessings to you.

Lora Hollings (author) on February 12, 2020:

All my pets have been rescues. They either found me or I found them! Thanks much Denise for commenting. Blessings to you!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poems, filled with love and compassion.

Being a parent and a former teacher, I had to deal with children, with different intelligence levels, diverse family backgrounds, differences in physical appearance and personalities, etc. It’s very important to make all of them feel, worthy and appreciated, without making distinctions. Every child is unique, and has immense capabilities. Each human and animal life is precious.

The parents, teachers and the society, all should play a constructive role, in the formation of great human beings, without any discrimination.

All your poems are wonderful, with a lovely message. Your daughter’s picture is so pretty.

Thanks for sharing this, which truly reflects, what a noble soul, you are.

Thank you and good day.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 11, 2020:

It's a lovely tribute to rescue pets as well.



Lora Hollings (author) on February 08, 2020:

Yes, being present in the moment and enjoying the simple yet awesome miracles of life is magical. Life is a gift and I hope that we as caregivers can provide children with safe and happy environments in which to grow, so they can experience the joy of engaging with nature, discover new things every day, and feel good about themselves. Thanks Rosina for reading and for your beautiful comment which adds to my article. I'm happy that you enjoyed my poetry written especially for children and in honor of my devoted pet, Ernest. Blessings to you, my friend!

Rosina S Khan on February 08, 2020:

The poem "Magic of Being" teaches children the simple miracles of life which in themselves are so beautiful. The poem "About Me" honestly speaks about yourself, your appearance, interests, likes and how you like to stay grounded both in good and bad times. The poem "A Heart So Pure" definitely tells us your pet dog is so special in wanting to be loved and loving in return, having a pure and wonderful heart.

I loved all the poems, Lora. They are all full of wonder and magic which reflects your beautiful soul.

Lora Hollings (author) on February 07, 2020:

Thanks Jason for reading my article and for your wonderful comment! Our senses being so enraptured by all of the beauty around us is truly miraculous. Children experience these precious moments very vividly and it is a wonderful part of childhood. But as we grow older, we need to also take the time to appreciate nature and our capacity to learn and grow with new knowledge and acquiring new skills. And to also appreciate the moments that we are so fortunate to have with our children in giving and receiving love. I'm glad you enjoyed my artwork and the poetry. It was a fun picture to do! I can certainly relate to you about pets. We lost four of our dogs from old age, and you are so right. The house was just too quiet and just felt too empty. That's how we ended up with Ernest and my current foster dog. Your comment added much to my article. Thanks for your contribution! Have a great weekend.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on January 31, 2020:

A wonderful set of poems Lora! Reading the first poem brought back memories of when I was a kid. I would lay in the grass watching the clouds for hours it seemed. I would also lay out in the grass at night to watch the sky. On a clear night, I would see a shooting star every hour or so. My heart would pound with excitement every time one would wiz by.

Super cute pictures, I love the drawing. The picture of your daughter and the Mandy is adorable.

The pet poem delighted me. I loved it. It made me think of my dog that just passed away last year. His name was Charley, I miss him. It's funny because my wife and I said no pet for a while. But three months later we got another dog. The house just didn't feel right without a four-legged friend around. So now we have Touka.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 30, 2020:

Mark, thanks for reading and I appreciate your kind words. Yes, there is a magic about life and being able to discover all of the beauty around us and within others. And we are so fortunate to have the arts to express ourselves and children to remind us to stay young at heart and that life is a constant discovery of new things that we didn't know yesterday! Have a great day.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on January 30, 2020:

Beautiful imagery in your poems, Lora. There’s never enough poetry to remind you to appreciate living. I also loved your artwork.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 29, 2020:

Nithya, thank you for reading my article and I appreciate your gracious comment. Each child is unique and deserves to have a childhood that gives the love and support that they need to flourish and develop their special gifts. Ernest is indeed an inspiration for my writing as he is always there to give me unconditional love. Blessings to you.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 28, 2020:

Thank you Alyssa for reading my article and leaving your wonderful comment. Children do have amazing imaginations and each day they discover new and exciting things about their abilities and the world they live in and I wanted to celebrate these magical moments in these poems. Best wishes to you!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 27, 2020:

I enjoyed reading these beautifully expressed poems. Each and every child is unique and you have conveyed this message so well through your poems. Your daughter looks so cute; she has a wonderful smile. Ernest is adorable, and by looking at the photo, I can tell that he is an excellent source of inspirations, thank you for sharing.

Alyssa from Ohio on January 26, 2020:

A great collection of uplifting poems, Lora! I love how you captured the imagination that lives in young children in your first poem and your tribute to Ernest is beautiful. Your daughter with her puppy is absolutely adorable!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 25, 2020:

Thanks so much for dropping by again and for your kind words, Bill. I'm happy that you really appreciated the message of my article. Have a wonderful weekend!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 24, 2020:

I had to read this one again. It is just filled with love and positive vibes. Your daughter is adorable, the puppies are adorable, and the message is filled with love.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 21, 2020:

Brenda, I agree with you. It seems like so many children aren't given the time to be free to just play, discover new things about the world around them, and use their imaginations. Our society today seems to be pressing them to grow up too quickly and to take on adult responsibilities before they even have had a chance to really be a child. I think when we do this, we are depriving them of an important stage in their development and it can have a negative impact. Thank you for reading and for your supportive comment. Have a great week!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 21, 2020:

Ms Dora, it is always good to talk with your children or grandchildren on individuality and standing by your convictions. Thank you for reading my article and for your kind words. I'm happy that you enjoyed my poems! God bless you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 21, 2020:


This collection of poetry is quite good.

I wish all children could experience these feelings.

Like the air on their face or using their imagination.

Today, not to many children get to be kids...they must grow up so fast.

Great write.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 21, 2020:

Mary, thank you for dropping by and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate your compliment and your insight. Each child is unique and we should never compare them with each other as they have different capabilities and the world needs our diverse talents. I think that you must be a wonderful grandmother as you already are aware of the importance of treating your grandchildren equally. Have a great week!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 21, 2020:

These are beautiful dedications, so meaningful and empowering! A good resource to start conversations on individuality with my grandchildren. Thank you!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 19, 2020:

Chris, thanks for reading and for your generous comment. I'm complimented that you appreciated the poetry for the children and the message to adults as well about letting their children be free to discover themselves, their unique gifts and interests. Have a great week!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2020:

Lora, you have made yourself known as well as your values in the poems you shared. I love your reminder that each child is unique and I have to remember this as I deal with several grandchildren. One can't help but compare them.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 19, 2020:

Beautiful poems about nature and self that encourage us to reach higher, broader, and deeper to develop our own and the emotional development of our children. Good writing, poetry, and thinking.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

Thanks much for your visit Flourish and I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry. Bless you for caring and giving these animals food, shelter, and kindness that they never received before. Have a great weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

Ruby, thanks so much for stopping by and for your gracious comment. I'm delighted that you appreciated the message of my article and enjoyed my poetry. Best Wishes to you!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

Pamela, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment on my article. I'm deeply complimented that you enjoyed my poetry especially for children about the magic of being and also the poem that is a tribute to my loving dog, Ernest. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 17, 2020:

It’s wonderful to know of others who came by their animals as strays or rescues and love them as children. I currently have six cats and feed and fix any animal who comes by. Your family is lovely and I enjoyed reading your poems.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

Bill, I respect the teaching profession so much as I know what a big difference great teachers can make in the life of a child and their impact on our society. I'm sure that you were as outstanding a teacher as you are a writer, and made a positive contribution to the lives of those students. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Have a great one!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

Lorna, your words are so true! Children deserve to be loved, nourished emotionally and physically, and a healthy planet in which to develop is vital. They will benefit by our actions to treat our planet with much more love and respect. With standards of air pollution, water and soil contamination now being lowered and programs being carried out by the US Fish and Wildlife Service which take such a toll on our wildlife and even our pets who often become victims, we need to change our course now for the sake of our children! I can't imagine a world so devoid of the beautiful diversity of species that we still continue to be in awe of. A world where only development, gray skies, oceans depleted of marine life dominate, and wildlife that can only be seen in zoos is not the world that we want to leave for our children. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comment, Lorna. I greatly appreciate it. Many blessings to you!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 17, 2020:

This is a beautiful display of words that truly showcases how to instill love and happiness in the life of a child. I also loved your poetry! Bravo.

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

I totally agree with you, Liz. It is sad that childhood seems to last for such a short period of time for so many children now or in countries where there is so much poverty and fighting which take such a toll on children and their families! I think adults need to appreciate how important this time is for children to be carefree, to explore their unique gifts, and receive the love and sense of security that is essential for their healthy psychological development. If children aren't provided with a stable environment that encourages their mental growth and supports their emotional needs, they will not get what they need to function well as adults and live up to their potential. All of society suffers when children are deprived of these essential needs while growing up. Our children one day will determine the future of the world and the survival of our species. Many thanks for stopping by Liz and for your kind words which are certainly appreciated. Have a great weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on January 17, 2020:

All my pets have been adopted or were found as strays too, John. Three of my cats and two of my dogs who have now passed on were found that way. They all were like siblings to my daughter and children for me! I'm glad to hear that your pets were rescues and that you saved them from such circumstances. Thanks for reading and for your generous comment. I hope that these poems will be enjoyed by children and their parents too. Have a great weekend!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 17, 2020:

I really loves these beautiful and inspirational poems for children, plus the one for you dog. This is just a lovely article, Lora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 17, 2020:

I was a teacher for twenty, so you had me at "hello" with this Hub. :)

Lorna Lamon on January 17, 2020:

Such a wonderful collection of poems Lora which touched my heart. Children are so precious and deserve a wonderful supportive childhood and a healthy planet in which to develop. I enjoyed your touching tributes to your pets and can relate to their loss which is so heartbreaking. We can indeed learn so much from these special animals. Your writing is inspiring and comes from a beautiful heart. Lovely work.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2020:

Lora, your writing is so full of tenderness, love, and even has a sense of wonder. Lovely poems. Like you, we always adopt our pets from shelters or take in strays that soon become part of the family. I love the pictures of your daughter with Mandy, and the one of Ernest. Thank you for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 17, 2020:

Sadly, childhood seems to last for such a short time these days. Great poems. The carefree childhood days mix well with the tributes to much loved family dogs.

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