I tell him it's time to take a nap;
he says, no thanks, mommy,
studies my face for a response.
I flush with fear
because it won't matter what I do now—
if I scream, or yell, or cry—
he's called my bluff.
He knows I am not a god,
and at only two, he is now a giant.
Ava Love Hanna is a writer, performer, and award-winning speaker in Austin, Texas. She has been a featured storyteller in Listen to Your Mother, SXSWi, and other shows. Her plays are regularly produced in Austin and Houston and her most recent comedy was published in ScriptWorks 20/20: 20 Short Plays from 20 Years of Out of Ink.
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