there’s a child called Social Anxiety
  • that i have partial custody of,
  • that lives beside me for weeks on end.
  • today, that child took a big breath
  • and didn’t scream
  • or fight
  • or cry
  • at being forced to
  • smile,
  • laugh,
  • explain
  • to the outside people
  • for eight hours.
  • is it wrong to want to give her a little badge of honor:
  • "I survived a day.
  • Not any special day,
  • But a day made special because
  • It was just a day.”?
  • because i really
  • really want to.
  • she’s a brave little pudge.