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The steamer couldn't vanquish the chocolate
Or blackberry jam
Or muddy prints from a size six shoe.
If only we'd known
We wouldn't have bothered
Erasing the pencil marks on the doorframe.
A year of your life
Wiped out by one small stub of pink rubber
For a rental deposit
We would never get back.

Madelyn Rosenberg now owns a portable growth chart. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children. Her writing has appeared in Parenting, The Rough Guides Book of Playlists, LadyBug (for kids), and Other Voices (not for kids).

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