She is just a little barefoot girl
Standing in the dirt.
But, oh, that cap and the flower she clutches.
They show how much she’s loved.
This dark-haired child is growing on a tiny farm
Learning to work the seasons through.
She helps her mother feed family and hands,
She sweeps the yard and slops the hogs and tries,
Not very successfully, to milk the cows.
Despite the farm life and the work
That little girl with the pretty dress and cap
And the mysterious gleam in her eyes
Grows up to love learning
And spends her life teaching others to love it, too –
Her own children and those of others.
– Jenny Munro