who sneak popsicles before supper
who erase holes in math work
who can never find their shoes
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire
who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers
who never "counted potatoes"
who are born in places where we wouldn't be caught dead
who never go to the circus
who live in an X-rated world
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions
who forget their lunch money
who never get dessert
who watch their parents watch them die
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser
whose monsters are real
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday
who throw temper tantrums in the grocery store
who shove dirty clothes under the bed
who never rinse out the tub
who get visits from the tooth fairy
who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool
who squirm in church
who scream in the phone
whose tears we sometimes laugh at
whose smiles make us cry
whose nightmares come into the daytime
who will eat anything
who have never seen a dentist
who aren't spoiled by anybody
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep
who live and move, but have no being
who want to be carried and for those who must
who never give up
who don't get seconds
who we smother
who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it

by someone in Australia written in memory of the children and teachers
killed in the school shootings in the USA in 1998

Personally, I would add to this list.........
who are forced to do things that children should never be forced to do

Nothing in life is as beautiful as when seen through the eyes of a child.