We didn’t see you coming.
Barreling down the hallway, slipping
sliding in your socks. Running
Rocking your baby and pulling the cat’s tail.
Trail of destruction in your wake.
You ran right into me.
My teeth rattle in my brain.
Pain throughout my body as I lift your wiggling, growing frame.
In my neck as I scrub out the carpet stains.
You surprised us
Made us cringe.
We forgot what you were like and hoped this time you’d be different.
But here you are old friend…
Circling ‘round my leg
Smearing banana hands on my freshly laundered pants
Throwing tantrums and balls and
It’s a good thing your snuggles are so snuggly.
And the good moments are so lovely.
And the beer is cold and bubbly.