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  • the three of us do this dance,
    mother, father, son. . .
    all adults living under the same roof.
    him coming home to us with reverent determination.

    almost seven months into his recovery now,
    i have learned to stay in the background,
    letting him make his own choices,
    letting him deal with the consequences of his past actions.
    i was not always so good at that,
    and while i might tell others it is not my fault,
    deep down i hold some of the responsibility.

    so we do this dance, the three of us,
    mother, father, son. . .
    each of us leaning the steps to the new music,
    the music which i am finally allowing myself to listen to with hope.
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