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06-14-01, 05:29 AM (EST)
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"SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
I sit alone, yet completely surrounded by my own creations. They walk and talk and cry and scream...and I take it in stride. Ignoring what needs to be ignored and tending to the important. It's fun to watch and wonder. How can such profound knowledge spout from the mouth of a six year old girl? And oddly enough, how can that statement of knowledge, be followed up with an action that reeks of total ignorance? And I wonder;

Am I wrong to laugh?

They didn't ask to be born
I summoned them at will
I know they'll grow to hurt me
But, yet I love them still

The day grows longer as I grow older. Aging from the endless questions, praying for bedtime, dying for a cigarette. As I smoke, I can feel the minutes slipping away from my lifespan, but considering the circumstances, I don't mind at all. And then... I'm greeted with a smile exposing a new tooth, a lost tooth, a black eye, a first step, a broken heart, a dead goldfish... and then it all seems worthwhile.

Even with my anorexic patience
and my ever burning fuse
I hope to never see the day
I have to cut the cord from you

And then the fear sets in......
And I have questions of my own...

If I don't know the difference between right and wrong, how the Hell am I supposed to teach these people?

My mind meanders in a thousand different directions and the places it goes are foreign and scary to me. I curse myself for having these thoughts, all the while blaming someone else. The children walk to me and I blush. Having these thoughts while someone is looking is like, answering the phone naked.

They come in a mob, a gorgeous mob. The oldest holding the youngest, the youngest holding a handful of the middle child's hair. A big ball of tears, hair, blood and dirt comes rolling in my direction. And it is beautiful....

I look at my girls and I wonder if she sees my eyes glaze over while she tells me the same damn "knock-knock" joke for the 600th time. And I wonder if she'll ever appreciate the fact that I laugh harder after each punchline.

I look at my boy and pray that the apple has fallen far, far away from the tree. Somehow I know it hasn't. I can see the spark in his eye. That evil gleem that tells me he's gonna cut himself just to watch it bleed. He's going to jump off the roof with nothing but an umbrella. He was born without nerve endings, tear ducts, or a conscience. He's just like me........ and I pity him.

The patience of a saint
with power over few
I've created all of this
Why shouldn't I be God, too?

They ask for my guidance and leadership which, in itself, causes me to chuckle. Every problem is magnified 200 times when it lives in the mind of a child. I purge myself of a combination of my father's wisdom, my mother's grace and throw in a little ad-libbing from my heart. They go their seperate ways and I'm all alone again, yet surrounded.....

How can such profound knowledge spout from the mouth of a twenty-seven year old man? And oddly enough, how can that statement of knowledge, be followed up with an action that reeks of total ignorance? And I wonder;

Am I wrong to laugh?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? ItzLisa 06-14-01 1
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? LadyT 06-14-01 2
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? Riordan 06-14-01 3
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? Lisapooh 06-14-01 4
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? desert_rhino 06-14-01 5
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? mistofleas 06-14-01 6
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? aymelek 06-14-01 7
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? Drive My Car 06-14-01 8
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? VampKira 06-14-01 9
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? samiam 06-14-01 10
 Thanks.... Superman 06-15-01 11
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? Kismet 06-15-01 12
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? Pendragon 06-15-01 13
 RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids? darbygrl 07-06-01 14

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ItzLisa 3350 desperate attention whore postings
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06-14-01, 06:28 AM (EST)
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1. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
Supe...I am truly speechless. That is so beautiful, I'd just sound like a bo-bo to try and describe how much I loved that!

>I look at my boy and pray that the apple has fallen far, far away from the tree.

***Okay, I just want you to know, Supe, that I burst into tears when I read that line! I think you're wrong - I think that little man will be pretty lucky to turn out like you, hon! Off to get Kleenex....
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06-14-01, 07:32 AM (EST)
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2. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"

Supe, I think your kids are very very lucky to have you as a father. It's totally obvious how much you love them. I hav ethe feeling that your kids will be very proud to hav eyo as a father.

And this one time, at Band Camp....

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06-14-01, 08:13 AM (EST)
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3. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
I, too, had to go for the Kleenex. I can't begin to describe how much I loved this.

Rio

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06-14-01, 10:01 AM (EST)
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4. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
Oh Supe - me too - I got all misty eyed! This was awesome! I loved the part about the knock knock joke! Isn't being a superhero enough? Now you have to go and dominate two categories with one post!
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06-14-01, 10:20 AM (EST)
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5. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
That soooo captures the feeling. But dude, you turned out okay. Always remember that. It'll make it much easier to watch your son walk down that same path.

At least it's your son, and not your daughter. Every day, I see that Annabel not only fell close to the tree, she's practically grafted to the root.

All you can do is love them, teach them what you can of SENSE, and pick up the pieces without judging. Hard.

-- JV

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06-14-01, 10:47 AM (EST)
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6. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
>They come in a mob, a
>gorgeous mob. The oldest holding
>the youngest, the youngest holding
>a handful of the middle
>child's hair. A big ball
>of tears, hair, blood and
>dirt comes rolling in my
>direction. And it is beautiful....

--This struck me as the most profound part of the story. Standing there having all of these conflicting thoughts and then what could be described as a tornado comes hurling at you and you find it to be beautiful.

Thank you, thank you, thank you supe for sharing a bit of your soul (and your childrens souls) with us.
--I too must now blow my nose from crying


--wants to go hug her 4 year old godson

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06-14-01, 11:04 AM (EST)
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7. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
Superman's...gots kids?

I'm joining the adoring crowd to tell you that this was truly beautiful Supe. If your son is even the slightest bit as talented as you are, then he will be quite lucky indeed.

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8. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
Crying.
Oh Supe this is so beautiful, just so completely wonderful.

I loved it all, but these are lines that killed me.

>Even with my anorexic patience
and my ever burning fuse
I hope to never see the day
I have to cut the cord from you

And then the fear sets in......
And I have questions of my own...

If I don't know the difference between right and wrong, how the Hell am I supposed to teach these people?<

Thanks for sharing this.
Darn that Superman, he either makes us girls laugh or cry.

EBug

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06-14-01, 11:15 AM (EST)
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9. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
*stands in stunned silence*

OH MY! The first thing I see when I finally get back on line...WOW!(Verizon sucks, BTW)

Supe..this is one of the most amazing things I have ever read. It conveys all the emotions and joys and fears of being a parent. Are there any end to your talents?? I don' wanna cry when I first get up in the morning, Supa! Sheeeeeesh! *adoring smile*

And no... you are NOT wrong to laugh!!

Love you, Superhero!


w.l.s.f.c.

Du ar min hjälte, Supermänniska


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06-14-01, 11:32 AM (EST)
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10. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
No, you're not wrong to laugh. Laughing is the way we cope with being faced with the dichotomy that in your children's eyes, you *are*, in fact, Superman, and can do no wrong, and in your own eyes you see yourself as flawed and imperfect (Solomon Grundy, if you will). We all feel like frauds sometimes. The best thing about it is that when someone has that kind of absolute faith and trust in you, it can help you find faith in yourself.

OK, enough psychobabble. You captured vividly the conflicting emotions that come with being a parent -- thanks for sharing.

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06-15-01, 02:44 AM (EST)
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11. "Thanks...."
I really don't wanna look all skierdudey by bumping this, but I really wanted to say thanks to you all who responded to this.

Believe it or not, I started typing with the intention of writing something funny(hey, it's what I do), but something lead me a different way. I dunno...

But thanks...


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06-15-01, 07:33 AM (EST)
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12. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
Supe,

This really is an amazing piece. You have an amazing gift and I agree with everyone who posted before me that you are obviously a great dad. I don't know how else to describe this other than to just say wow. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kismet

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13. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
This is so wonderful on so many levels, I don't know where to begin.

You have captured in a few lines all of the angst of new fatherhood. I feel like this most of the time when I look into my children's faces.

Very well done, my friend. Very well done.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Pendragon

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07-06-01, 08:57 AM (EST)
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14. "RE: SSC(PY&CW) What about the kids?"
Superb......super! You did a great job of portraying thoughts that I bet go thru every parents hed. "jumping off the roof with just an umbrella..." lol. I can relate.


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