10 Fingers and Toes

How can a parent claim that the most important thing,

is that their newborn has 

10 fingers and toes,

when 10 years later,

those fingers can't play piano well enough,

and those toes can't run fast enough?

At what point in a child's life do the qualities of

health and happiness

stop being important?

When do parents become so concerned with

achievements and successes,

and less concerned with

the blood pounding through their child's veins,

or the smile on their face?

Why do  

grades on report cards

matter more than 

scars on wrists?

Who, as a parent,

will be proud enough to say

"my child is failing math,

but at least they have

10 fingers and toes."

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