Tuesday, September 17, 2013

If I Could



This week's one word prompt:


1
:  an arc or circle that exhibits in concentric bands the colors of the spectrum and that is formed opposite the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in raindrops, spray, or mist
2
a :  a multicolored array
b :  a wide assortment or range <a rainbow of flavors>






If I Could

I’d have gathered all the colors and
Painted you a rainbow if I could.
I’d have plumped up my piggy bank
And saved for your future livelihood.

I’d have unchained you of your obligations
And those thoughts that “you should.”
I’d have righted you from wrong,
So you’d never have been misunderstood.

I’d have swept away your troubles
And buried them for good.
I’d have handed you the key to success
Or increased its likelihood.

I’d have readily done all these things,
But from afar reluctantly I stood,
And watched you gather your own colors--
From a perspective called Parenthood.



-----
To read more responses to this prompt or to link up your own, please click here.

Remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words. 
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. 
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response. 
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer. 
  • If your post doesn't meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz. 
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us. 




16 comments:

  1. Sometimes you just have to sit on your hands, but the reward when the person succeeds on his/her own is worth it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Exactly! Definitely worth it, though very challenging. Thanks, Draug, for commenting so promptly! :)

      Delete
  2. I think it's natural to want to do things to help our children, and sometimes it's hard (I mean, REALLY hard) to let them figure it out and learn on their own. I've seen the grown up product of kids who never had to deal with consequences from mistakes and it ain't pretty. I hope this is enough to scare me into stepping back :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, Janna! We really have to be farsighted enough to see what's the better choice. It's just so hard at the moment! Thanks for reading, my friend!

      Delete
  3. I sometimes have such a difficult time keeping my 'helpfulness' to myself but I know that it does not help my children. I have kids that are born perfectionists and it is frustrating enough for them - they need to learn how to make mistakes and how to benefit from mistakes. I do love seeing their pride in work well done when they do it themselves. And I make sure to tell them that that feeling they are feeling is worth the effort and the mistakes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I so know what you mean, Cindy! I have two little perfectionists myself! DD has come a long way and is not too hard on herself anymore, but DS still has a long way to go. Everyday is a struggle in certain areas. But I am ever so proud when they decide to be independent and try something by themselves. Baby steps and deep breaths. For them and me. :)

      Delete
  4. It's hard to let them go, fly, make mistakes. We want to keep them from feeling the pain. It's difficult to watch it happen but they do grow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, that pain is a necessary part of growing up, unfortunately. But it makes us all wiser and better. Thanks for stopping by, Gina!

      Delete
  5. Love those quirky lines. What a great poem, Sandra!
    You expressed so well how we hold back those knee-jerk moments, from the very first time they let go of the couch.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Kymm! I must admit that I have very strong knee-jerk reactions that I must tame all the freakin' time. I do try very hard, for the kids' sake. It's not easy, though!

      Delete
  6. Oh yes, the hardest job for sure. Thanks for linking up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Trifecta! I wasn't able to comment as much as I would have like this round, but hopefully I'll have more time for the next prompt. Life got in the way.

      Delete
  7. Oh,if only.. ..A great take on the prompt Sandra:-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Atreyee, for coming by to read and comment! I must come by to your place very soon. Have a great weekend!

      Delete
  8. It is hard to sit by the sidelines, but seeing that the children can succeed on their own is a great reward and consolation. (I guess I am too good at saying such things but in real life, I have such difficulty even just thinking about my children being on their own and away from us one day). :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for coming by, Imelda! Parenting is always easier said than done, so I totally know what you mean! :)

      Delete