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When Mom told me not to stick the knife in the outlet,
I did it anyway and now my hand is burnt.
When Dad said don’t climb on the bookshelves,
I climbed to the top shelf and now my arm is broken.
When Mom said don’t eat too much junk food,
I said too bad and now my stomach hurts.
When Dad said running with scissors was a bad idea,
I ran as fast as I could and now I have 13 stitches.
When Mom said I should be careful in love,
I said whatever and now I am nursing a broken heart.
It sometimes took more than words
to teach me a lesson.
And in order to help me fly,
My parents first had to watch me fall.
And now they’re telling me to be careful in the world,
as I start my own life.
And I’m saying to them,
Don’t worry, you taught me well.