Open House 

  

Couples splatter the halls

Like paint in a gallery 
I pass them alone 
In my blouse and tie 
The makeup of father and mother 
…Is the permanent marker of me 
Their looks and snide remarks
Can take a seat
The concerned faces 
Yes- I do see
I look back just as proud 
As her and he 
I boldly stand for my children
With an armor doubled
In love and admiration
I am not here for subtle condemnation 
I am here…
One hundred percent,
for them. 
  
Art by my daughter Elisabeth :))
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106 thoughts on “Open House 

      1. Just keep returning their glares with a smile! People hate that! I say “Kill em with kindness!” 🙂 My friend told me awhile back, that some people were speaking negatively about me behind my back. So the next day I brought them all homemade cookies and wrote them a note about how much I cared about all of them. I really do care about them, so it wasn’t a lie, but I slathered on the love pretty thick! Then my friend told them that she told me what they said. Oh the guilt and shame on their faces the next time I ran into them! Priceless! There hasn’t been a negative word since! Victory!

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      2. Ha! Yes! That is awesome! I love that. Exactly, what’s up with some of these other moms- we should be supporting eachother. They are very clicky and apparently I am not cool enough for the group- but I love your advice. It won’t do any good to be sour about it anyway. Just big smiles and an extra side of lovin!! Thank you Michelle :))

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      3. 🙂 If they only saw the things that you share on WordPress, I think that they would change their tune. You are a lovely person and I am glad to have met you on here! Have a great day! Hugs!!! 🙂

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      4. Oh Michelle thank you! That is really caring and meaningful to me. I am so glad to have met you too, and look forward to continuing to connect with you. Thank you again and hugs back beautiful! :))

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  1. Love this. I guess, technically I’m now a single parent though my children are older and their Papasan is the best. My daughter (middle name “Elizabeth”) drew a picture of me as an angel when she was 7-ish. She tweaked it after graduating as a Graphic Designer and I wear her work on my left shoulder :).
    Children… not for everyone… totally rock my universe 🙂

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  2. it is different for a woman. my new poem would you sleep with a single mom talks about it and being a single parent. been there done that except i am a father.

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  3. I usually say that motherhood is lonely. Whether you’re married or not. It will always be our greatest responsibility.
    But I also think we can only be mothers. To the Father is allowed to be Father.
    Great Poem.

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    1. Yes I agree but after being married and then seeing my children be left by their father it is a totally new kind of lonely that encompasses lots of other challenges as well. I am so honored to be their parent through it all tho. Thank you so much for reading and sharing ;))

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    1. You are very right Syl. And I believe God has put you in my path as a beacon of light and encouragement. I thank you for that- yes her picture just melted me- and all the struggle seems to pale in comparison to those moments. Thank you my friend for your presence!

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      1. You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words and thoughts. God does allow paths to join for a purpose. Glad to share light and encouragement with you.

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  4. As always very nice, I remember as a kid when I was in the American school of Madrid(spain) I wrote something for my mommy,and worst of all she still has it in her house, go figure why since specially how I turned out later on
    What´s up with mothers…….Anyways, will you marry me? White picked fence green grass, a nice little house in suburbia, that´s quite the offer, If I was woman I wouldn´t say no

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    1. Haha- yeah what’s up with mothers? There is a quote from J.D. Salinger explaining that we are all a little insane. ;)) how’s my Charly been? How’s the new pad? Is this your official proposal? …”anyway..will you marry me?” Very sly- you took me by surprise ;))

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      1. Hahah. Well I admire your honesty that’s for sure. Hey thank you for your sweet comments about my other poem- you are way too nice to me- or wait was that just the horniness talking?! Lol. No I am not published. I really would like to do that- maybe there is a publisher in suburbia- I should bake some cookies and start ringing doorbells.

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      2. I can cook, actually I´m a pretty good cook, not that I Iike it is more from necessity……and honest? You women iike a bit of mystery in a guy, not me so sorry, by the way if you want and probably you have seen it, there are sites that publish poetry, not kidding when I say your writting is great, after 2 years of this blog thing and Reading a lot of poets you are definatelly quite the good one

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    1. Well thank you so much!! I truly appreciate your words here- means a lot to me. Yes it is so hard isn’t it- but they are worth all the blood sweat and tears :)) ❤️😊 thank you again.

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  5. One of the most beautifully written poems I have read my sister! There is a selfless soulfulness within your words. Your heart shines radiantly through every word which you brought to life. It is a very inspiring piece…never change always be you, and from what i gather from the spirit of your words…that is a wonderful way to be!

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    1. Wow Wendell! Your words are so touching and kind. I am really honored by each thing you have said. Thank you very much for lifting me up and for the advice. I will continue to be me- even when it feels messy at times. You are a deep soul- thank you so very much for sharing with me Wendell.

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  7. I wanted to encourage you. I was once a single Mom with a 5, 3, and 6 month old. A handful of love and sweetness. It wasn’t easy for about 7 years. All 3 kids stayed close to me, one moved 20 minutes away but 2 who have families live in the town I chose to start my life alone in. The 2 oldest don’t see their Dad very much and my youngest is 29 and sees him once a year. Keep up your hard work, dear. Love the angel picture!

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    1. I really appreciate this. Thank you. No it’s not easy but I know I made the right choice to leave an unsafe marriage. It has just been more blood sweat and tears than I ever thought. I get so exhausted and have to fight that nagging “guilt” because I simply can’t “do it all.” It helps so much to know I am not alone and to be encouraged and to talk with someone who gets it. Thank you so much. ❤️
      Also- I want to say you are amazing and inspiring. To start of over with two was and has been so hard- yet you did it with 3- and a 6 month old! I shouldn’t complain about being exhausted should I. Now I would just like to give you a big soul sister hug.

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