Something for Everybody

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 3rd Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/33e5yt0q/
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No man or woman is an island. We are all in the boat together. At the very least, we should acknowledge each other as we hang on for dear life in this everlasting ride.

The New Mother

I see you
Standing on the edge of the playground, engrossed in your phone
Trying not to tell your first-born child
Whatever he is doing might kill him
And trying not to watch,
So you don't say anything,
So you don't scar him for life
I see you letting him be the kid he needs to be
Others judge you when he falls down and cries
But I understand.

The Stressed-out Parent

I see you
Trying to have a civilized conversation
With the one person you can talk to
In the play area of a fast food restaurant
While wild banshees scream and yell
And fuss and cry and run
And throw french fries in disgust
Because they cannot play until they have eaten four.
And while you understand that children are only that way for a little while
It feels like forever right now and
You are ready to scream
Maybe one day you do – but not today.
I'm proud of you.

The School-age Parent

I see you
Waiting in carline to pick up a student
This is not your home, your place of business, or your friend's house.
This is where your child comes to school and
Sometimes you do not feel welcome.
You have to buzz the intercom, sign in, show your ID
But your kid is in there
From 8 to 3 five days a week,
With other students --
And teachers,
Coaches,
Guests,
Volunteers --
Only a few you know.
And how well do we know anybody?
While we sit outside, in car line, waiting.

The Parenting Non-parent

I see you
Sitting on the bleachers at the baseball practice
That has no cute high school boys
Reading a book, you miss her amazing catch
After all, you're too young to be a parent here
But if she got hurt on the field,
You would jump up and be there for her.
You wait, and hope you're never needed that way,
Because you're just the sister – or babysitter, or aunt, or grandparent --
And that makes you kind of invisible.
But I see you and I'm glad you're here.

The Working Parent

I see you
Working hard to pay the bills
Missing out on all those moments
Coming home to an exhausted spouse
And hyped up kids
When all you want to do is eat a bite
And put your feet up
But first you have
To parent.
I'm sorry, but that's just the way it is.

Childless Whether or Not by Choice

I see you
Frustrated because you have no kids
And that guy takes off early every Tuesday
And you have to cover for him
Why doesn't being tired of
Other people's kids
Count as an excuse
To take a day off once in a while or
Entitle one
To a tax break?
I'd grant you one, if I could.

The SAHM/D/P (Stay-at-home Mom/Dad/Parent)

I see you
Telling other people you don't have a job
That pays the bills like others do
But realize that what you do is so important
Without you, the livelihoods of after school activity programmers would be no more
And families would never have clean dishes or clothes
Or groceries
And others may not see all the things you do to keep the world turning
But I see you.

Do You See Me?

And I hope you see me, too.
Because whatever we are doing,
Whoever we are,
We are everywhere.



Mr. Mom videos courtesy of YouTube. Images are courtesy of their respective websites as listed on the image or morgueFile if no image title is given.

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Alone, Children, Family, Fathers, Kids, Mothers, Outsiders, Poetry, Sisters, Togetherness, Waiting, Wikinut Love

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, Phyl. Well done. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Marilyn.
And thanks, Peter, for your comment. I added the video just for you, but I have had other poetry articles get starred, so I can't complain about that. Getting stars has not been my problem compared to getting people to click. ;)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

this is pretty awesome Phyl...dont worry I did not get a star for my recent piece...life has its ups and downs etc etc etc....

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Apr 2014 (#)

I forgot to put links in my last piece but now have added and got a star...a good reminder to newcomers how important links are...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

I am not worried about stars right now. It's funny -- or perhaps not -- I generally get them and am no longer as excited as when I first got stars. When I don't, of course there is some disappointment and self-criticism, but on the whole I do get them more often than not. Sorry your last piece did not get one. No one can win them all.
And to your first line -- THANKS! I needed something sweet to counter all the venting I feel I've been doing lately, and this has been working it's way out for quite some time. It still has room for improvement, of course, but I got all the players in, and I'm happy for that. ;)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Apr 2014 (#)

love the poetry love you...what more can be said....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Darn -- "working its way", it should have been!!

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author avatar Retired
4th Apr 2014 (#)

This was great! I adored the video.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Apr 2014 (#)

I liked it, too! Felt weird to put a music video of another song /poem in, but the song is just too cute.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Apr 2014 (#)

We are different as we come but variety is the spice of life. Our Creator has taken pains to make us different but also with the ability to understand each other's feelings so as to coexist. Nice poem with lovely embellishments of images and video, thanks Phyl - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Siva!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Life is so much harder today than it used to be. I agree that we all need to help each other and support each other no matter what role we play in life. Excellent advice, Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Connie!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting poem.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Randhir and Fern.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
7th Apr 2014 (#)

Phyl, thanks for giving importance and attention to ordinary persons we come in contact almost everyday. Laurels!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks n.c.! I appreciate it!

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Well done my friend.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell.

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th May 2014 (#)

Quite well written and captures a diverse range of emotions of different parents.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th May 2014 (#)

Thanks, Ptrikha!

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th May 2014 (#)

Well how you bring up your child is the way you feel and the way they reflect and behave to you is the way you taught them to be. Am a parent and have no problem whatsoever and honestly, I have dropped everything that I was doing just to be with my child and spend one on one time with them.
Fact, when my child and myself go for a walk, we can walk hours together and that is all that is needed as that is the love we share with no misbehaviour and incidentally a straight A+ student too and yes, currently living away from me but with enough emotion to give the mother the pride and joy of being the best little child in the whole Universe. I am proud of my offspring and BTW, still married too and both parents are aware of the child's whereabouts and know paternity too.

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