History Lesson

Adolescence holds lessons, I failed to absorb, the leap into adulthood premature. Have a son of my own now, wish to guide him to solace, help him to settle into a place where the sky is prominent, teach him to live without walls, proud and confident but I fear the price is too steep that […]

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Parental Passage

Carefully we construct security for offspring, add luxuries to entertain, accommodate growth with additions, play host to revolving-door friends. And yet, we are graded on performance – met or unmet expectations – help up against a stack of other super parents – silhouettes of perfection. Still, we celebrate growing aspirations, sprouting family, ignore the slanders, […]

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Responsibility

We are guardians, caregivers charged with ensuring a future innocence cradled in our arms, hope, like an infant, trusting our choices, embracing our decisions; let us fill our hearts with promise set our minds to forging a path worthy of the lives, not yet weaned, that follow.

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Young Woman, I See

Young woman, I see your pain remember a time when I too struggled for autonomy, purpose Wish that I could reach across the span of generations, mirror the beauty that I see, release the tangle of deception that binds you, facilitate your potential, help advance your journey, lift you beyond the clutter and noise and […]

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Babysitting

eyes wide with wonderment fix on me, beseeching attention rosebud lips part in genuine glee when my coveted gaze meets hers she tilts her peach fuzz head and with a shrug of a shoulder expresses a learned coyness, a treasured cuteness, softening this old woman’s jaded edges clumsy, chubby fingers reach, fumble, eventually grasp their […]

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Grandmother’s Rhapsody

Tiny pink boots, with yellow ponies stomp on the doorstep announcing the arrival of a granddaughter. Wispy blonde hair gathered atop her head bobs as she chatters not stopping to say hello. “Hello Pumpkin!” I announce helping her out of her puffy pink jacket, purple leggings jumping up and down. “My cousin’s a pumpkin, too!” […]

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