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2020-02-20T15:30:53-05:00February 20th, 2020|Parenthood|

The perils of pride

I was so proud of you
quietly drawing at the age of three
while other kids were running around
making it hard to hear

it was a Russian Orthodox christening
beautiful but long
monks chanting and incense burning
you drawing and drawing

then you told me you were done your picture
and I walked you over to baby Anya’s mom
where you got everyone’s attention
both of us basking in all the positive whispers
from the grandmas

and then the first gasp
as I realized that you had carefully drawn
what only I knew was your favourite villain
from 101 Dalmations

only you misspelled her name
and wrote in huge letters

cruel devil

suddenly the room was perfectly quiet except for you
announcing you would make one
for everyone.

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