2012-04-18T00:01:39-07:00April 18th, 2012|Parenthood|


You fell in love today
her name was Ella
she was almost four
with seven pigtails
sprouting off her head
like a fire hydrant
with a leak.

She hugged you
and showed you how to jump off the bench
you landed hard
but you made yourself laugh
even though I could tell it hurt.

She let you hold her doll
and your dad asked twice
but her name really was Assy
and she told you to stay very quiet
while she counted knobs on the wall

one, two, three, four, eleven

you clapped for her
and looked at me
just to make sure I knew
what you knew

she was so sparkly
you could hardly breathe.

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