Turnabout Fair Play
We tried to help them through uncertainties,
Often having to make choices for them,
So, later, they could make them on their own.
There were times when “don’t” came out too often,
When help meant constraint, and their eyes complained:
“Will I ever live up to your expectations?”
Years pass and they’ve now learned
Their own truths about dos and don’ts.
They look askance, then pityingly upon our efforts
To deal with the complications of new styles, new devices.
We shrug and grimace. But, inside, we’re thinking:
“Will we ever live up to your expectations?”
Charles B. Neff