Monthly Archives: December 2016

Raising Girls

My daughter has learned
how to place her tiny hand
over her mouth
to cover her smile.

She does not cover her mouth
when she coughs or sneezes-
yet, somehow,
she’s learned to hide her smile.

She is not even two yet.
She strings together two words sentences
and shows us more personality
with the passage of every day.

I know that this is the first of many ways
I will see her reflect society
rather than herself.
I expected this to happen.

What breaks me
is knowing it happened so early
and the first thing she learned to hide
was happiness.