Thank you for your tantrum
while we stood in line at the merry go round.
Your screaming made my ears ring,
your little hands whapping my face
like starfish slapping their damp bodies onto a rock.
Thank you for trusting me to love you no matter what,
even if in the photos daddy took
I look completely wiped out, frustrated, and
maybe even a little scared by your sudden strength,
as you thrashed against me .
Thank you for introducing me to this new
side of your self, for allowing me to
partake in a sudden, bright bloom of you,
as beautiful and mysterious as lightening.
Toddler, you make me wonder where my
placid baby girl has gone, yet I am thankful
for your fight and vigor.
You are doing your job so beautifully
as I attempt to do mine with as much grace
as I can muster.