As I was growing up, I thought I saw so clearly,
I made my own decisions and sometimes hurt those I loved dearly.
I found my parents’ rules were overbearing and unfair,
I thought they were out to get me; did not see how much they cared.
In my clouded vision, I could see them creating rules to spoil my fun,
Giving one another high fives when finally they were done.
The other kids, it seemed, could always stay out late,
Their parents did not seem to mind who they chose to date.
I had chores to do and could not go out till they were complete,
I had to eat all my dinner and could not leave my seat.
Rules, rules, rules that I did not think were right,
Like being home at a certain time on a week-day night.
And then one day I found myself on the other side,
Making up my own rules for my daughter’s to abide.
Was it because I did not love them or I wanted to be unfair?
No, it was absolutely the opposite; it was because I really cared.
Suddenly my vision cleared and I began to see,
That the reason my parents set those rules, were because of the love they had for me.
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