Absence

Absent at the first step taken, favorite bedtime story, removal of training wheels, first emergency room visit, first lost tooth, first day of school, the plays, chorus, open house, parent teacher conference, driver license, homecoming court, prom dress, graduation, first love–heartbreak,  college chosen, first job, first promotion…first anything, second everything.

Absent at birthday, holiday, happy day, loss of granny, gran papa, favorite uncle, best friend–always absent.

Leaving the child with the question.  “Why am I not good enough to have your love?”  Leaves a child with a broken part of themselves deep within.

It was said to the absent parent, “Children of absent parents are much better off when the absent parent is dead, at least then there is a legitimate reason for the absence.”

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