I was brushing my teeth
When I started to worry
Are we harming our kids with our
I was walking the dog
When I began to fret
Are the kids learning that money
And position are all that we need?
I was cooking the dinner
When I wondered in fear
Do the kids think their achievements
Prompt all of our pride?
I was writing the shopping list
When that troublesome thought occurred
If its all reading and maths
How will their dreams be shared?
I was paying the bills
When in the kids bounded
All cuddles and shouting
Muddy and full of news from their days
I was reading a story of
Gorillas and jungles and parrots
When the hugs and the comments,
The demands for one more page,
The repeated tearful complaints,
Told me – you’re doing okay.