Buying his first school uniform

I hear your little feet pelting out of the fitting room

Then there you are: a miniature man.

Large as life in pressed white shirt and grey jumper.

Eyes as sparkling as your new uniform;

Bright with pride and excitement.

All the brighter in the absence of your playtime vivid colours.

I steel myself as a maelstrom of emotions slam home,

Pride, love, fear, surprise, but love, such love foremost.

You pelt towards me, already standing straighter, looking older.

As I hold you close,  hiding hot tears over your shoulder,

Whispering ‘you look SO, so cool, chap’.

 

 

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