We let the dishes pile up next to the sink
Leave the dirty plates on the table.
The house needs to be power-washed
And the lawn needs to be mowed.
My car needs new tires.
The septic tank needs to be pumped.
We are in a state of flux
Everything on hold.
Just yesterday, the four of us
Appeared quite the typical family;
We went to the children’s museum
Then out for burgers and fries.
But this family outing
Had a definite purpose
It was a distraction, by special request.
It’s not every day
Your parents sit you down
And break your six-almost-seven-year-old heart
Little brother doesn’t understand.
He wants to watch “Turtles”
And we oblige.
I’m sorry we didn’t fight more
Give you more warning.
Daddy will always be your daddy
Mommy will always be your mommy,
We will marry nice people.
No step-monsters will ever
Take our place.