Alone On Parent Observation Day

My heart breaks for little ones
Who have
No
One…
On parent observation day
He was alone
But danced
Anyway…
He had a doll’s eyes
Glazed straight through
Had he ever
Realized
The warmth of a mother’s love
The pride of a father
Standing tall
From above?
What will become
Of him?
The ghost of a boy
Deprived of a grin…

Alone On Parent Observation Day

Ainsley Kellar Creations

Cincinnati, United States

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Last night my parents and I attended Parent Observation Night at Ava’s dance studio. Most of the children had at least one family member there to watch them perform. I could not help but notice a pitiful little boy alone at the end of the barre. His expression was lifeless. He had no inner or outer spark. He looked like he held the weight of the world on his thin shoulders. No one was there to observe him.

Later, long after class had dismissed and we’d finished talking with Ava in the hall about her class before leaving, we saw the boy still waiting alone. We asked if he had a ride and if he was OK. In a whisper he replied that he was OK and his ride would come soon. His woeful, deflated countenance broke me.

Finally, his ride appeared, a large industrial-looking van with an older gentleman behind the wheel. Quickly the boy disappeared into the van and he was gone. Guessing from the van he probably lives in some kind of foster home or community center. I wondered still if he had a family. If he had someone to love him and hold him and nurture him through life. His listless face haunted me and told me no.

While it’s none of my business and I have no way of knowing his reality, I hope I am wrong because I cannot bear such sadness…

PS, I’ll more than likely erase this after a day or so. I hate to be depressing but I had to put my feelings on paper to sort them out…

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