I've held quite a few jobs over the years and each presented its own set of challenges. But, the most difficult job I have ever had is the one I don't get paid for, being a parent. And, while I wouldn't change it for the world, there are days when my daughters (especially my preteen) do their best to send me to a mental institution. This poem is for them.
Even When You Don't Deserve It (A Poem)
A poem for my daughters about the trials and tribulations they put their mother and me through.
I don't understand
Why you continually choose to push my buttons?
And, when I try to teach you right from wrong
Must you always ignore me or constantly butt in?
Why does every conversation I try to have with you
Seem to turn into an argument?
And, do you always need to twist my own words against me?
It's not like you REALLY didn't know what I meant.
Each day, my grey hairs
Grow in number.
And, I just can't remember the last time
I managed to have a decent-night's slumber.
When you're not stressing me out
Over your grades or something else at school,
There's always something else you manage to make me worry about
Man, that's just not cool.
Oh, and since we're talking about this,
Would it kill you to occasionally take out the garbage or pick up a broom?
I've lost track about how long I've been asking
You to clean up that bedroom.
There is simply no doubt,
You kids have been a major challenge.
True, there are plenty of great moments.
You just have a knack of making the number of bad ones seem unbalanced.
But, just so I don't seem like I'm complaining too much,
I also want you to know this.
No matter how bad a mood you put me in,
If you fall, I'll still pick you up and your wounds I'll still kiss.
I might always be the first to let you know
When you aren't traveling down the right track,
However, I'll still be right there behind you,
I'll always be there to have your back.
You may push me to the brink of insanity
And leave me at the end of my wits.
But, my love is unconditional and I'll always still be there for you
Even when you don't deserve it.