Your Kid is Not Cool

by Stephen Koenig

Congratulations, your kid is not cool.


He’s not.

You try to dress him cool, but it doen’t matter.
He isn’t terribly coordinated.
He talks kind of funny and is not a leader.
He’s not the tallest or fastest or strongest.
He’s smart, but not a prodigy.
His hair sticks up in the back.
His feet are huge.
He stands and watches the other kids play
wishes they would ask him to join them.
But not always.
He talks to himself.
And plays by himself.

He’s three years old.
He’s not cool.
He’s perfect.

orginally published in Get Born Magizine Summer 2010,
Stephen is the father of 3 boys and lives in Fort Collins.