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Children.

by Andrew S Adams

i realize that i am nowhere near the first person
to have come to this conclusion,

but six hours with a two year old plus four hours of of sleep
while adding exactly one cigarette in those ten hours
will give you some perspective.

after i put him to sleep,
(which takes me roughly 45 minutes because
every cry is louder than the last, and i'm
too much of a sucker to ignore it and accept it
as what two year olds invariably do)
i'm scrounging through the ashtray like a fiend;
looking for stubs with enough left on the filter for
even one or two drags,

and i get to thinking
that maybe i'm not cut out for this kind of thing.

12/09/2008

Posted on 12/09/2008
Copyright © 2019 Andrew S Adams

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 12/09/08 at 09:16 PM

Well, the 'terrible twos' can be just that. But then 12 to 18+ isn't always a lot better. But you know, all 3 of ours has turned out well enough considering they had us for parents.

Posted by Nanette Bellman on 12/11/08 at 04:50 PM

andrew, try being edward norton from fight club pre-support group AND a nanny, and you've got me. i understand this COMPLETELY. how funny you wrote this, and i ended up losing my cool the other day too. very nice.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/08/16 at 05:22 AM

What's fun about this is that it was written just over 7 years ago. It would be interesting to read an update.

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