The theme this week for One Single Impression is “Win”.
As my family and I sat down to dinner
My son asked, “Why must there be a winner?
It’s so much more fun simply to laugh and play
And get to spend some time with friends each day.
It’s never any fun to be forced to take a side;
After while feelings get hurt and friendship is denied.
It’s not just when we go to recess and get to play games.
If I don’t wear the right shoes or jeans, they call me names.
I honestly don’t see how anyone can think it might be fair
To be made a loser over things about which I do not care.
When they discover that we do not worship the same,
Whenever something happens it is me they blame.
Don’t they know that nobody will ever really win?
These contests have been going on time and again.
I know it’s cliché, but can’t we just all get along?
I know to be a loser and still win I must be strong.
But it would be so much nicer to be able to play,
Talk and do the things that we enjoy throughout the day.
I just don’t think I can continue going to such a great length
To survive and continue coming up with more inner strength.”
What words of advice am I to give as his mother serving dinner?
I’m still hurt from when I was never good enough to be a winner.