Things I’ll Never Tell You
I’ll never tell you you’re stupid
when you forget something or don’t understand.
I’ll never tell you you’re lazy
when you sit at the kitchen table in your wheelchair
while I fix dinner, clean up.
I’ll never tell you you’re a baby
when I must do most things for you.
I’ll never tell you I don’t understand
why you can’t walk and do more for yourself
when I know the reason.
I’ll never tell you I hate you
or that I was a fool to marry you.
You can’t help being the way you are.
I’ll always love you--although the vow was never spoken,
I’ll be with you for better or worse.
The above appears in How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. Click below to hear me read it.