A Conversation with Mom This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By , Lee's Summit, MO
Once I asked my mother
Am I ever good enough for you?

And she replied
Of course
As long as you're doing your best
But you can always be better
You know
You can always be better

But even if I scored a million goals
Or ran the fastest time
She'd still shake her head
And say
You could have done better
You know
You could have done better

Just look at the other girls
They don't cry after a game
They're always doing their best
And that's why they beat you
Every
Single
Time
Because you could have done better
You know
You could have done better

But Mom
I wanted to say
I don't cry because I'm frustrated
I cry because of you
And because I know what you'll say
I can't do any better
Mom please
I can't do any better

I think when I grow up
I won't let my children play sports
I don't want them to feel like a failure
Like how she made me feel
I don't want them to have to hear Grandma
Tell them everything they did wrong
I don't want them to hear her say
You could have done better
You know
You could have done better

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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FreedomIsMyVirtue said...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 6:05 am
Aww. This almost made me cry. Touching...
 
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