For Katelin and Julia
Our pop culture mothers would like us to know:
Life will always be complicated,
People will disappoint and delight you,
You will never stop surprising yourself.
None of this ends with your firsts
(kiss, proposal, wedding, child, divorce, death)
Life does not relent.
But, with luck,
We will have each other,
Women armed with wine and laughter,
To reming ourselves
That the mess is the magic.