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Thursday 14 December 2023

Leave the Baby to Cry

The thing is, if you leave the baby to cry 

the baby will never stop crying. Sure,

you will eventually hear a silence,

and at some point the baby will fall asleep,

but the crying never really stops.

The baby grows up, goes to school and gets

a job, all the while crying in the deep recesses

of its brain. The baby will learn to stifle the tears

and muffle the pain, yes, but the crying

will never truly go away. Hey – why not

pick up the baby now, the one you’ve left to cry

for so long it hurts the both of you? Tell the baby

it’s OK, it’s OK, those parenting experts

made a mistake: you don’t need to cry forever.

You don’t need to cry forever.

Joshua Seigal