2020-02-03T12:32:01-08:00February 3rd, 2020|Parenthood|

The cloth napkins

We’re having people for dinner
and we’re running late
but I can’t find the cloth napkins

I ask the kids but they look at me blankly
like I have asked them about algebra

finally I find them all
in the colander I didn’t know was missing
each one laying on top of one of her dolls

I stomp downstairs
anticipating the moment
like a sweet dessert

and I thrust them at her
with indignation

to which she looks up
genuinely confused

but you didn’t ask me
about the blankets

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