Friday, July 2, 2010

Difficult conversation

You tell me what you think will make me proud.
I recognise the hollows. I did it too,
managed impression, with both of my parents,
let them believe I cared about getting the PhD,
scrubbed the baseboards before visits, practiced
the order of introductions, even took down the
yard sign for candidates and causes they despised.
I tried so hard to be a different kind of mother,
one you could tell, show anything, everything.
Effort does not always pay off. I keep trying.

Victoria Hendricks
July 1, 2010


  1. I'm sure it takes a very special sort of relationship for a child to divulge 'everything' to a parent. I'm equally sure that you will have done a wonderful job.

  2. All someone can do is try their best, I think. I also think that there are perhaps some things parents would be happier not knowing. LOL.

  3. "even took down the
    yard sign for candidates and causes they despised."

    Love little personal touches like this; I think many can relate to it!

  4. Ah, but I think you will find that effort DOES pay off! This is an admiral poem, Victoria

  5. I liked the yard signs, and cleaning baseboards parts, too ... brings it even closer to the reader.

  6. Love the feeling this imparts - and even recognize it! :)

  7. Thanks for the positive and supportive comments, all of you.