We are born
This is life
These three tenants are not in our control
As a parent
I struggle hard
To maximise the life of my children
To provide opportunites
To provide roll models
Examples and positives
To show it is possible to get through the negatives
It’s hard work this gig
And the parents out there know it
We get them to where they want to be independant
Where they know it all
Where they mumble to us
But just when we want to drop the ball
The almost adults need us more.
Life is no longer so easy for them
They are in an environment so artifical
Where hidden social rules exist at every turn
And no one can know them all.
Our job morphs from one of providing
To grow to provide less providing
The independant young souls
Granted to us
Need to learn how to provide
We need to learn how to guide.
Look after the almost adults entrusted to you
Provide for them, like you have always done
But for the sake of our future
Guide them too.