I want Grace to be true to who she is and to trust her instincts in life; doing what makes her happy. In my experience, it’s hard for kids when parents want them to take a path that they don’t want to take and equally when they don’t want them on the path that they’ve chosen. It’s also hard when the school system doesn’t fit or value everyone.
I’ve had two sayings in my head.
‘You can’t force a square peg into a round hole’
and one that was a central belief when I worked with young people.
‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’
So ‘How do I fit?’ is written to discuss the integrity of her shape and who she wants to be. However, as I wrote it, the importance of respecting difference came out and this is something I’ll discuss with her too.
How do I fit?
What do we have here? Something that used to be a square.
It had a corner and fitted perfectly in there.
Now it’s neither here or there; doesn’t fit anywhere.
They forced it in the circle there, shaved its character bare,
I guess they had their agenda and so didn’t care.
Now what shall we do with this funny edged circle-square?
That doesn’t trust either shape and is now self aware.
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