Family Man

I want a big family
Three boys, three girls, a couple of animals
All of them tearing up the house like cannibals
Toys and sippy cups, the signs are everywhere in sight
Me and my wife taking turns filling bottles throughout the night

Elementary days; back and forth to school, my kids - excelling
Ask your mother about that one, Daddy's not too good with spelling
Summer breaks and road trips home, all of us crammed inside our van
As Aunt's and Uncles wait to share their love as often as they can

Teenagers; the latest fashions, sports, and grades that steadily move up
Each child with their own opinions, and music that I won't approve of
Broken rules and worn out excuses, sometimes the raise of a voice
Girls are trouble anyway you look at it, and boys will be boys

High school, puberty and broken hearts ahead, oh brother!
I say no, they say ok, then sneak around and ask their mother
Relationships and drug experiments, and maybe some suspensions
Though, I know that they will learn their lessons, with the best intentions

Maybe college or the military, whichever they do choose
They grow up and leave the house, while me and Mommy share the blues
Less frequent calls, less information about how their life is going
The hardest part for a parent, I'm sure, is wondering and not knowing

Someday history repeats itself, they're parents of their own
Now me and Grandma share our love while you make road trips to our home
I may not know what I am in for, or what this life has in store for me
But wiith my wife, children and animals, a family man I can be

© Michael T. Perrault

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