Be it out in the open,

or shut behind closed doors,

We all have a story – one that defines

who we are

how we behave

the choices we make.

Sad and Lonely

When I looked inside one child’s story the other day

I saw sadness and grief.

And in another’s there was loneliness

And another’s revealed fear.

Behind the distant looks and inability to focus

was a need to be heard,

a longing for a hug.

Not everyone’s backstory is laden with love or wrapped in support.

You know what I mean.

So when you get frustrated with a child’s lack of this

or over use of that.

Remember,

we all have a backstory.

Whether we dig it up or not

it’s there

and we must be respectful of it.

And of the child (or adult)

who has lived it.

~EMP

In the spirit of poetry month, this post comes to you in poetic form.  It is a message to myself as much as to my readers.

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