Raising a Teenage Daughter

Get used to it – you will never be right.
She will find, no matter how you try,
some notion of yours to quickly defy
and will long to be out of your keen sight.

You must learn the fine art of compromise
(and dread her acting like Veruca Salt
when she lacks and finds you to be at fault)
and though her taste in friends you criticize,

bite your tongue and simply stand there and smile.
One day she will marvel at your good sense,
and wonder how you got to be so cool.

Until then, and it may seem a long while,
she will trust only her experience.
Be patient while she learns at that school.

08 MAR 2003

for LJ user stormispirit

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