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The Ex-Pat

My ex-patriate son comes home to me today

from Scotland by way of India and Boston

bringing with him the girl he intends to marry.

A momentous day a milestone a first for our family.

My hopes are high and wild—

that she loves me and I love her perfectly

that they are perfectly happy together

that my son bears no heartache ever after ever

that their life is graced with contentment.

I will hang a welcome banner

turn on the party lights

fix Peter’s favorite dinner

play Latin music as usual

pull out photos, games, his childish artwork,

crack jokes, tell stories, listen well.

How could she not love me?

1 thought on “The Ex-Pat

  1. I’m sure she loves you already!

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