You didn’t have to

When I was just a baby

You didn’t have to care

You didn’t have to change my diapers

You didn’t have to teach me things

You didn’t have to brush my hair

You didn’t have to watch my games

You didn’t have to cheer me on

You didn’t have to doctor wounds

You didn’t have to play with me

When your marriage fell apart

You could have gone away

You didn’t have to stay

You didn’t have to keep me

You didn’t have to call me yours

You didn’t have to share your life with me

You didn’t have to be proud of me

You didn’t have to brag

You didn’t have to miss me when I went to college

You didn’t have to walk me down the aisle

When you lay dying

When we said goodbye

I thanked you because you didn’t have to love me

You didn’t have to give me away

Because I wasn’t really yours

But you loved me all the same

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