What My Parents Meant

by Amy Covel

When my parents told me

Being an adult would be hard

I thought they meant

The stress of paying bills on time

Or caring for a husband and three kids

Or working forty hours a week.

I didn’t know being an adult meant

Having fallingouts for telling the truth

Or being hated for good intentions. 

I didn’t know it meant long hours

Comforting hysterical friends in a crisis

Or dealing with drama every week.

I didn’t know being an adult meant

The world would look less colorful

And my heart would have more cracks.

I didn’t know that paying bills

Caring for a husband and three kids

And working forty hours a week

Could sound so easy.

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