I Am A Child

I am a child,
All the world waits for my coming 
All the earth watches with interest 
To see what I shall become. 
The future hangs in the balance, 
For what I am 
The world of tomorrow will be. 

I am a child, 
I have come into your world 
about which I know nothing. 
Why I came I know not. 
How I came I know not. 
I am curious 
I am interested. 

I am a child, 
You hold in your hand my destiny. 
You determine, largely, 
whether I shall succeed or fail. 
Give me, I pray you, 
Those things that make for happiness. 
Train me, I beg you, 
That I may be a blessing to the world. 

This statement, written in Chinese and English, appears at the entrance to the Guideposts Kindergarten in Hong Kong.