Treasure Island

Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

A Special Person (REVISED)


Tiaan so happy with the Bonsai I tell him he need not
pay me back – though that was the deal – his great joy
is payment enough; I watch the ‘little man’ preparing
breakfast and lunch, rice cakes and cottage cheese,
eggnog, pasta and fish

Then he thinks of homework, decides nothing important
enough for tonight – we expel Nici from the computer to
watch Britain’s Got Talent, an unknown singing My Funny
Valentine in liquid-gold voice, me laughing watching
Tiaan presenting his own show for his mom

He’s off to bed – I’m left wondering where his wonderful
qualities come from; we visited his grandma today, he
was civility itself – what a sweet boy, full of good humour,
never complains when I give directions while he’s driving
yet Nici refuses to drive when I am around –

Are all sons special like this, a blessing, a joy?

1 May 2013

Submitted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Edited: Thursday, May 02, 2013

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