The Nature of Things

I want to teach my children
The nature of things
How on a blistering cold day
The sun will be shining
Then rain will pour relentlessly
In the middle of July

You will arrive at the pool
Floaties strapped to your arms
Hobbling around
Smelling of sunscreen and hope
The thunder will come
The lifeguard will blow the whistle
Quietly grateful for a day’s rest

And that is the nature of things
You will show up with your towel
And your plans and your ideas
Clouds will roll in
Your summer spirit will be crushed
You will stand defeated
Towel in one hand, my pinky finger in the other
And we will walk home shivering
Gently teaching one another
How to let things go.

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