Facts of Life
The father smiled to see his child
Come running to his side.
"Please tell me, Daddy, what is meant
By that word 'sex'", she cried.
He looked aghast at this sweet girl -
She was but eight years old;
Too young, he thought and innocent
To break this childhood mould.
She should be playing with her dolls
Or other toys she had
Instead of asking questions such
As this one of her Dad.
With openness and honesty
An inborn family trait,
This Dad explained the facts of life
Quite candidly and straight.
His discourse finished, thankfully,
He kissed her on the cheek;
No word she'd uttered all the while,
But now began to speak:
"I didn't think my question was
A matter so complex,
For Mum just said to tell you lunch
Is ready in two secs."
Copyright; Vivienne Ledlie
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