Posted by: canaryinacoalmine | November 14, 2006

she knows

For two years old she knows a lot of things. She knows if she wants to run around the house with reckless abandon she’ll pull the cat’s tale. She knows that socks are never as tight as leggings that, “we’ll see” always means “No,” and that only Mommy’s can put brothers in time out. She has learned enough of the world to realize that it is a place of grown ups, and that the only way to make her mark is to speak at the end and middle of their sentences, to act so much like them that they sit up and take notice. She knows the minute she falls asleep her dolls eyes pop open. She knows that the truth can cause a sharp pain behind your eyes and that love sometimes feels like a fist around your throat….or a needle in your thigh.

She also knows that although everyone is careful to keep it from her, they care for her differently. She knows she’s had days where hospital visits have a color on them, like scribble of a crayon gone crazy off the page and splattered on her body. She knows there is a lot WE don’t know. And more we’re trying to learn.

I know she’s stronger than most and can paint circles around others when I can’t even draw a straight line. I know there’s a lot we don’t know.

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  1. makes you kinda wonder where our resolve goes when were adults doesnt it? if a child can muster so much courage and energy, how can we feel like doing less?


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