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FATHERS/MOTHERS

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Sharon Canfield Dorsey

(In honor of all those weary but triumphant single Dads)

 

When fathers are mothers too, we wonder…

Are our children being cheated?

 

We can hire a reliable nanny for after school.

We can braid hair and host American Girl tea parties.

We can sell Girl Scout cookies or kick a soccer ball.

 

We can cook pizza for a gang of twelve,

drive carpool to basketball practice and games.

We can even chaperone the eighth-grade dance.

 

We can work overtime to pay for vacations and braces,

attempt to assist in choosing a prom dress,

bravely attack driving lessons.

 

We can help with homework that’s way over our heads,

make sure college applications go in,

stay awake worrying about how to pay the tuition.

 

We can provide stability in scary times,

an ever-ready shoulder for leaning,

an endless supply of hugs.

 

But we still wonder….

Is it enough?

Are we enough?

 

Then cards arrive on Father’s Day AND Mother’s Day,

thanking us for the shoulder and the hugs.

And we have our answer.

 

 

Sharon Canfield Dorsey is an award-winning poet and author of two children’s books,

Revolt of the Teacups and Herman the Hermit Crab and the Mystery of the Big, Black, Shiny Thing; a memoir, Daughter of the Mountains; and a book of poetry, Tapestry. Her poems are also included in an anthology, Captured Moments

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