Parent Teacher Conferences
Tell me they’re wonderful,
and tell me it’s because of how I mother them.
Tell me my cooking is making them smart and healthy,
and that my yelling, my rushing here and there, and my occasional inattention
haven’t affected them at all.
Tell me how bright and charming they are.
(Please provide a few examples of such behavior).
Tell me how when I leave them at the door,
your face lights up upon their entry.
Tell me that you can predict their happiness with themselves
and their success in life,
and that it is off the charts in both regards.
Tell me that you have had
only one other child
that was as bright and thoughtful as my child,
and that that other child went on to be
a doctor that helps orphaned babies
in third world countries.
You know this because that child
comes home to check on his mother
every four weeks
and she told you so.
Tell me that I am a really good mother.
Oh, I’m sorry…
we only have 15 minutes and
this isn’t about me….
As you were saying then….