So I am expected to attend
As a kindergartner’s parent
A parent-teacher conference next week
I panic, wishing some counsel I could seek
From parents who have been there before
I don’t know what the meeting has in store
For me, all my insecurities come to the surface
What is in the classroom my child’s place?
Does he listen, learn, behave, or is he
Inattentive, disruptive, loud and noisy?
I know I try to teach him the right thing
But has he picked up some of my habits embarrassing?
I knows he can read a book with me
But whether he reads in class is a matter of uncertainty
Deep down in my heart I am afraid of being perceived
As an incompetent mother, I probably need
Some words of encouragement before I proceed
Into this anxiety-provoking situation indeed…
So the D-day arrives, I am anxious as expected
I fake a smile, so that my feelings are not projected
When the report is finally revealed to me
My tension eases, my child is viewed quite positively
In most areas of learning, weaknesses are few
None of this is actually information new
I rejoice, feeling quite elated
As a mother, I feel strangely validated
As first-time parents, we improvise as we go
Afraid of being wrong, so it helps to know
From others that our children are doing all alright,
Their prosperous future is our only goal in sight!