I'm just a kid you know
I can have fun everydayI can enjoy myself and playWithout a care in the world.
I'm just a kid you knowI can enjoy hot dogs, puppy dogs,peanut butter and butterflies.I can learn anything and everythingI am taught - good and bad.I can experience new adventuresAnd ask lots of questionsOver and over again.
I'm just a kid you seeI can pretend to beA pirate, a teacher,A baker or even a preacher.But one day pretending will be overAnd I will become what I have learnedSo teach me well and remember
I AM THE FUTURE
With the potential to be leaderOf this Nation one day.
But right now - I'm just a kid!
*Betty J. Ford is a musician, poet, member of NBCDI and Secretary of her local NAACP Chapter. This poem was inspired by children in an after-school program where she was a volunteer teacher helping children to memorize and recite poetry.