There she sits
With eyes wide open
To a future she can’t yet imagine.
From red dresses and white pinafores
To button up, aqua colored shirts and knakis
From surviving on peanut butter, bacon
and Crackers hidden (for later) on window sills
To steel cut oats with protein powder and
Wheat Thins with reduced fat Swiss cheese flavored
Laughing Cow wedges.
From dolls and “playing mommy”
To a home, husband and becoming a real mommy
To two sons, 21 months apart,
Who both require being on tip toes to hug and kiss.
From staying after school in first grade
Because she answered the teacher, “Yeah,” instead of “Yes, m’am”
To being the teacher of 6th to 8th graders
And requiring them to say “Yes, m’am” as well!