It is what you do as a parent.
There was a safety seat and inoculations… watch what we feed you, and hold you carefully, read you the right stories.
Wolves and Boogie Men…
Doors have locks. And cabinets had latches.
Watching and looking
Baby to boy
Labels were read.
Vitamins and doctor’s visits.
Training and teaching
Dentists and braces
Wondering and worrying
Safe from fire
Safe from crime
Safe in the woods above the valley
Safe in my arms.
Read the right books
Heed the warnings… kept you safe.
Gave you what I thought you needed
I love you so I keep you safe
Everything in time, grade after grade,
Soccer and band
Karate and band
and you think you’ve grown into a man
And I think I’ve given enough
And we think we’ve done enough…
And we let you go into the world.
But it wasn’t a wolf or boogie man that laid open my heart…
Nor something in the fog
That bring you home in ashes.
And no words can fix this.