Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Are you my mother?


When I was a child so very small
I didn’t know that much at all
I had my dad and my mother
Then of course I had big brother

Off we’d run down to the gully
Sadly for me he was a bully
I would rather pick some petals
Instead he pushed me in the nettles

Surely if me he so much hated  
He and I could not be related          
So off home I ran full of tears
And told my mother of my fears

“Are you my mother?” I said sadly
When my play had ended badly
“And adopted I have been truly
With a brother so cruel and unruly”

She could not stem my flowing tears
So she had to disprove all my fears
Found a newspaper cutting of my birth
And cuddled me for all I was worth  

This is a true story and even now I can imagine how much of a shock my mother felt when her five year old son told her this. However I can laugh at it as it was me!


11 comments:

  1. Love it! Told with compassion and humor. I love the forced rhyme! I had a similar fear ...

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  2. Oh the betrayal and shock that a brother could be so mean. I am glad your mother was full of reassurance, love and cuddles and hope she spoke sternly to big brother when he got home!!!!!!

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  3. Oh, thinking about early childhood...how was important to child the fairness...and loving mother's heart!

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  4. People in a family can indeed be so different that one wonders if the milk man played a role, lol!

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  5. Sweet but sad. Sharing the same house with a bully is no fun !

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  6. Well I hope your mother took your brother to task. Interesting how older siblings are either protective or mean.
    Glad you have the memory

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  7. I am so glad you had the cuddle...it shows now...love passes on after all

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  8. Got to love that brotherly love. I'm the oldest in my family, and I never once treated my brother's like that. As they got older we fooled around a bit, but I was never unruly to them. I love my brothers, and I think that this took a lot of weight off from my mother's shoulders. Great story!

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  9. nice personal piece... siblings can be so mean... moms are so healing

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