By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Second grade.
Single handout.
Simple question.
I want to be _____________________.
Fill in blank.
Simple answers:
Blackboard professions.
Teacher writing;
White on black.
Chalk engaging:
Terry to be teacher.
Peter to be pilot.
Nancy to be nurse.
David to be doctor.
Aaron to be astronaut.

Filled blackboard.
Great aspirations.
Big expectations.
Fold my paper.
Hold my paper.
In my hands.
Answer wrong.
Thought did not occur to me.
A list of things that I could be.
My answer
Simply wanting….
To belong.
Belong -
Become attached.
Bound by birth,
To be an attribute,
A part ...
Of another person
Or thing.
To be fulfilled within a unit.
To belong.

Teacher says,
The want to “be”
Should make us see,
The need
For higher learning.
Teachers, pilots, nurses,
Doctors, astronauts
More schooling.
But quietly, a thought in me…
Is being explored.
Does school exist …
A school for me,
Where I can board?
Could it be
Such need in me.
Engaged in me…
Secured in me
A want for God?
Could it be
Unknown to me ….
One day I’d be
A child beloved
By God?
Never had the answer wrong.
I simply wanted to belong.
God met the need
And all along…
He loved me.
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying,
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”
Jeremiah 31:3