I need to rant about something.
Something that was said at my lunch table
That really hurt my feelings
And made me feel small.
The English teachers were talking
About how old the parents of their students were.
One teacher was taken aback when one said
Her mom was 32.
Everyone at my table ranges from around 33 to 26ish.
Some were commenting on how they just
Couldn't imagine having a child in high school
Right now at this point in their life.
They couldn't imagine parenting a teenager.
I looked at them and said, "Well, I have one in high school."
To them it didn't count because I didn't "have" her.
She's not REALLY mine.
Do you know how small that made me feel?
How it made me feel like I'm not a parent at all?
That you don't validate my family?
Am I just living with these people?
Are these my roommates?
The last time I checked, this is my family.
Because I'm not "legally" connected to my partner
Does everyone just think I'm single?
It really pisses me off.
We have been a family for five years
And I have considered Tammy's kids
As my own since the very beginning.
When I go to parent teacher conferences
Are they just laughing at me?
Are they saying...Who are you kidding?
Am I just fooling myself?