“Happy Father’s Day!” I thought angrily as I walked back home,
Rather than driving with the nuclear family to see her larger family.
Feels hotter inside me than out.
I thought, now sadly: How did this happen?
Just then, her car appeared, turning the corner
In front of me and coming my way.
Relieved, I looked forward to fixing my errors
And hopping in to resume our trip.
But, she zoomed on past.
I hadn’t realized yet that the reappearance
Was only the result of taking the long U-turn
Of going around the block
To leave without me.
Happy Father’s Day.