How the Children have Grown

He means well and offers connection
when he remarks how the children have grown,
that it won’t be too long before they aren’t around.

My daughter blinks her eyes
while my son mouths to me that
it isn’t true.

My own sense of the truth of his words
doesn’t make them welcome in the moment
of which they are now an indelible part.

10 thoughts on “How the Children have Grown

  1. phrodeo

    isn’t it so true the old saying, the days are long but the years fly by? this is one of the toughest things I struggle with as a parent – that her child-ness is impermanent, and the fact that a measure of parenting success will be that she will need me, and spend time with me, much less. Take care and thanks for these thoughts.


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