You may see a child

You may see a child

You may see a smile.  I see the worry and sadness beneath the smile.

You may see a child who has lots of friends.  I see a child standing on the edge of a group but not really fitting in.

You may see confidence and swagger, I see insecurity and self-loathing.

You may see a good piece of work.  I see the hours of deliberation and unnecessary preparation.

You see a simple piece of homework.  I see a struggle ahead.

You may see a child who has slept well.  I see the child who can’t sleep due to worry and stress.

You may see a child who is ok at sport. I see a child who needs sport to try and fit in and feel part of something.

You may see a child who is calm and collected.  I see a child with an uncontrollable temper.

You see a child who shows off with his friends.  I see a child desperate to fit in.

You may see one side of a child.  I see the many sides.

You may see a child.  I see a child with the weight of the world on his small shoulders.

You may see the child, I see what really lies beneath.

Things may not always be what they seem.

looking out




  1. November 6, 2015 / 8:52 am

    This is beautiful and so sad. I hope your boy is OK.
    I can relate to this to a lesser extent – nobody else sees my son so tired he can’t move, they just see the big smile and the boundless energy. Nobody sees my daughter crying in terror because she can’t get to sleep, they just see the cool, calm, collected and studious girl.

  2. November 7, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Oh hun I hope your boy is okay. It’s funny what we notice as mothers isn’t it? I hope your boy isn’t too stressed. Sending hugs. xx
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  3. November 10, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Written very eloquently. Hope your boy is ok xx

  4. January 29, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    A lovely post and something we can all relate to with our own children to a greater or lesser degree I’m sure. I hope all is well with you, I can see this was written a little while ago now, I hope things are improving for you all.xx

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