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Snow glitters and glistens and shines, but doesn’t fool us.
It melts in patches revealing muddied grass peeking through white magic, confusing Brody, who wrinkles his eyebrows and asks, “Is it spring?”
Our matched hazel eyes meet and we giggle. Her voice sheds yet another layer of sparkle. “Today is better?” She asks.
I want to wrap her up in the warmth of Of course it is-es! But I don’t.
Because today is better, but not good.
It’s not ignored bedtimes or stomped feet or turned heels that unravel me. Those loose threads stitch neatly before sunrise.
It’s quieter shades that leave their mark.
Thank yous skipped, presents cast aside, words talked over.
“They’re good kids.” Jason softens beside me. The television busies our room, but we sit still, searching for our steady.
And they are, good, that is. They’re kind and sincere and have laughs that light our space from snow tipped grass to star filled sky.
But they assume.
They assume they can have, they deserve, they should get.
It’s subtle and imbedded, and feels daunting to unteach, undo, and make better.
Do we withhold? Take away? Say no?
I don’t know.
And if I don’t know, how could they?
How do we become less entitled, and more grounded? More thankful? More appreciative?
It’s freeing (and scary and humbling) to write that – I don’t know.
Do you? (I’m hoping.)