Phoebe Quill, 7th - Wichita, KS
The comforting touch of a mother’s hand
The hushed promise of “I love you ”
The soothing rocking of a chair on a restless night
These are all things that have been present in our childhoods
These are all things that have sustained us, helped us grow
Until you’ve “aged out of it”
Until you’re “too old” , “too mature”, “too cool”
Until you push your parents away
Until little disputes define your relationship with them
Until you forget how much they really care for you
Until all you see is red.
But the truth is… they never stopped loving you
They never stopped caring
They’ll never leave your side
No matter how many differences or arguments you have with them
This realization is a part of real maturing
Of knowing what really matters--
Clothes don’t matter.
Looks don’t matter.
Athleticism doesn’t matter.
Popularity doesn’t matter.
What matters is your family.
Who, no matter how many times you mess up and fall,
Are always by your side.
Students 6th-12th Grades