The Aftermath of a Smile

The Aftermath of a Smile

cameras snap
an attempt to preserve happy memories
smiles are given
their authenticity tossed aside

A girl, around the young age of 11, cries a few hours later and wonders why she wasn’t allowed to keep those memories stored in a happy place. Winning awards in this weekend’s dance competition was supposed to make her happy. Her mom informs her that this, that, and the other thing too are not good enough. This is not defined as motherly love, guidance, or advice- but as something bitter and frigid. As the sweet girl’s rosy face drains to her typical pale tone, she worries that she will never be somebody her mom adores.


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