Teddy, I've been bad again,
My Mommy told me so; I'm not quite sure what I did wrong,
But I thought that you might know.
When I woke up this morning,
I knew that she was mad;
Cause she was crying awful hard,
And yelling at my dad.
And do just what she said;
I cleaned my room all by myself,
I even made my bed.
But I spilled milk on my good shirt,
When she yelled at me to hurry;
And I guess she didn't hear me,
When I told her I was sorry.
Cause she hit me awful hard, you see,
And called me funny names;
And told me I was really bad,
And I should be ashamed.
I guess she didn't understand;
Cause she yelled at me to shut my mouth
Or I'd get smacked again.
So I came up here to talk to you,
Please tell me what to do;
Cause I really love my Mommy,
And I know she loves me, too.
And I don't think my Mommy means
To hit me quite so hard;
I guess sometimes grown ups forget
How really big they are.
And you weren't just a bear;
Then you could help me find a way
To tell Mommies everywhere.
To please try hard to understand
How sad it makes us feel;
Cause the outside pain soon goes away,
But the inside never heals.
And if we could make them listen,
Maybe then they'd understand;
So other children just like me
Wouldn't have to hurt again.
And pretend the pain's not there;
I know you'd never hurt me,
So Goodnight, Teddy Bear...
By Cindy Pike Dunningfont
Child Abuse Prevention