We wiped bottoms and washed faces,
And took our children to many places.
We cut countless meals into tiny bites,
We made it through untold, sleepless nights.
We survived those frightening, terrible twos,
As parents, we paid all of our dues.
We hugged and kissed little hurts,
We applauded rapid growing spurts.
We read stories and played on the floor,
Our thoughts consumed with nothing more.
Back then they were so dependent,
Now they are constantly: The Defendant.
We cooked their meals and washed their dishes,
Now they ignore our calls, forsake our wishes.
Today we’re forgotten and overlooked,
We invite them over, they’re always booked.
No more children to hold us tight.
Or share a meal with or say goodnight.
Then was a time of love, caring and sacrifice,
Today we are only left with the questions, the whys.
Weeks go by without one phone call,
They say, “Were just too busy, that’s all!”
“Forget your wishes, we’re not the type,
To get caught up with visiting on Skype.”
We try to be there when they need us,
But they seldom make the time to see us.
Other priorities pull their strings,
Other people to visit, so many things.
We miss out on wonderful holidays,
Times with grandchildren and special days.
We single-parented harder to keep our family together,
And all that we get now is: “Oh please!” and “Whatever!”
They give up our love and our wisdom,
And prefer to continue in narcissism.
We long for days of Green Eggs and Ham,
And lunches made of peanut butter and jam.
Long gone are those days of slumber parties, Disneyland,
And Burt and Ernie, when our kids thought we were grand.
We have made mistakes, that we do face,
Where’s the forgiveness, the love, the grace?
There’s got to be a special place in heaven,
For the very faithful parents we have been.
Our children choose to keep us somewhat far,
Forgotten, abandoned, that’s what we now are.
We gave them our all, we gave them our best,
All that we have now is this type of empty nest.
This is in no way meant as an attack,
We love our children and wish them back.
We just want them to become aware,
That once parents die, it’s too late to care.
By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013- ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com. ♛