standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon
with no fence, no wall to protect you.
The moment your child is born,
it is as though the glasses you've been
lacking are placed upon your face
and suddenly you now see what you could not.
You could have fallen!
The world is fraught with danger
and all the while, you have been blissfully unaware.
With cognizance comes duty and responsibility.
Red flags fly wildly!
Who knew the myriad of concerns
we would all face at the onset of
life with children?
The answer is, your own mother of course.
After years of swearing you'd never be like
her, you've finally outdone her.
She chuckles at the irony
at last able to relax knowing that
she brought you to adulthood
without losing you along the way.
While you attempt to avert
disaster at every turn,
she sits quietly enjoying, even savoring
Comeuppance has come
in the form of a grandchild
and she laughs knowing
you finally had a child like yourself
to keep you grounded, to keep you humble,
and to help you realize that she
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