Don’t Worry, My Child

You do not have to worry, child. Not about the spelling quiz, the untied shoes, the next soccer game, the day you are late to school. Don’t worry that you will have to stand in the front row of the Christmas play, that you won’t be chosen for the best team, that kids will stare when you forget to wear the right shirt on green day. Don’t worry about your homework, your heavy books, your body wiggling in a hard classroom chair. Don’t worry about your parents fighting, the politicians on TV shouting words that you were told never to