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Rite of Parenthood...

When they're in their teens,
you suddenly embarrass them.
In their eyes,
you're no longer
socially acceptable.
Your clothes are all wrong,
you hair all wrong,
your music all wrong,
your words all wrong,
and your ways are outdated.
You can't do anything right.
Don't bother trying;
this is a course
you can't pass.
You can only sit patiently
and watch the waves
as they roll in.
As you do, it suddenly seems
like you have no child at all.
Who is this stranger?
Where is the warm and loving
smile you used to know?
The image is similar to
the old photographs,
but the inside has changed.
You feel abandoned.
Ah, but don't take it hard.
This whole episode is merely
another short-lived
rite of parenthood.
They change yet again
and they do come back.
And before long,
they will want you
to hold their hands again.

"Rite of Parenthood," written and designed by Bobette Bryan, 2004

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Music: "Water Music by Handel, sequenced by Bobette Bryan"