A- Advantageous

“She is just so cute” came the whispers

as my daughter laid herself out on the floor

Knees askew and arms to the side

Face scrunched up as she gave such loud cries

I could see them standing to the side

Ignoring the pleading look in my eye

I need help, someone to step in

but they see her smile and tightly spun curls

Her mocha skin with such clear pours

A lady stops by with a whisper

“Here’s a five, give her what she wished for”

As if her fit deserves such a gift

But if I turn away I will be judged

If I continue on I will be accused of not

not loving her enough to control her behavior

“Pretty girls don’t cry”

Whispers the man standing by

So I grab the money and make promises I will not keep

Walk away from the store and in my car I start to weep

3 responses to “A- Advantageous

    • Thank you. When my daughter was little it used to happen a lot. I am glad that she is older and people feel less inclined to mention how pretty she is when she is fussing over not getting her way. They still stare at us and pass judgment but the no longer think it is cute. I do not think people realize just how unhelpful it is. Even I have done it a time or two when I see a kid fussing in public.

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