• Vol. 06
  • Chapter 04
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Some Mothers Do Have Them

Did you remember your lunch?
It's made the way you like.
Eat it all up, but try not
to ruin your appetite.
The long day is ahead
and you must keep yourself
healthy and strong.
You haven't forgotten anything?
Do you have a clean shirt?
There's nothing more important
than a clean shirt and underwear,
—there's no need to roll your eyes.
You have to dress right
if you are to stand straight
and face the world.
Now, what does that face mean?
I don't mean to bother you,
but don't be sullen, and tell me:
Is this what you wanted
to be when you grow up?
It's not quite how I imagined you
when you were so small and serious
and looked up to people like me
as an authority.