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Tiny sobs from around the corner.


"You know this is kind of


Ridiculous,


Right?!"


Sob, choke.


They come closer,


I see her


Eyes red & shiny with tears.


Mom leads her


Roughly


By the hand


Around another bookshelf.


"Just give her a hug,"


I say


Just loud enough.


"If you knock it off now,


I'll give you candy


When we get home."


I'm going to cry.


I ask my husband


If he's ready


For a walk,


And as we leave,


As I lose hope


In the tendency


Of parents


To adore their kids,


I see another family


Moving through the store


Treating each other


Kindly


And I am gently reminded


Of the Tao


And of Karma


And the notion


That all is always


Completely


As it should be.

Created: Feb 28, 2011

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