My Child

Written by: Nancy Jones

I fell in love with you
before you were born.

You've gifted me
challenged me
frustrated me
challenged me
delighted me
challenged me
snuggled me...


and have I mentioned
challenged me?

When you were born
I believed children could chase butterflies
and climb trees
and play spin-the-bottle
and sometimes even be hateful to one-another.

The worst thing that could happen in that
fantasy world
is a parent would step in and
demand attention
and discipline
and changes in youthful behavior.

The worst thing
in other words
was that our parents would call us out.

I did not grow up in a world where
people could end up legally dead
for going to the 7-11 to buy
candy and soda.

It floors me that
you have to grow
up in that