It has no map or guideline
for the success of which we endeavor.
Oh parenthood…. with no timeline.
Once established, it should be forever.
Through the good times, the bad times,
and all the ups and downs.
Through the risks, the falls,
the giggles, smiles, and frowns.
A lifetime job that never ends.
Accepting one of the hardest facts,
that you may not always be friends.
It is a sacrifice.
A willingness to go without.
It is carrying someone else’s pain.
And seeking to destroy their doubts.
It is a bit of a race.
But not all parents keep track.
Please pay close attention though,
these days aren’t coming back.
Is doing your best with what you’re given.
And although many take it for granted
It’s the greatest blessing among the living.
© Angela Bininger 2015