Facebook Post: Mother Son Hike at Solstice Canyon 183 Likes

Chanel Brenner

Look at our wide smiles, muscular legs, blond hair blowing in wind,

           not my clenched jaw, tight neck muscles.

See grassy hills, yellow wildflowers, shades of blue,

             not me dragging him away from the X-box.

Admire the ocean merging with sky,

           not the fight in the car,

the sun-kissed earth,

             not his complaints of being cold when he wouldn’t wear a jacket,

our faces, radiant with dew,

           not his car sickness.

 See the trail’s summit—

       not my fear of him falling off the cliff.

Like our heads tilted toward each other,

           not someone shouting, “Smile, or else!”