I held them so close that I crushed them. Killed them all, but a few. It was an accident, really. I just wanted what was best for them and didn’t realize what I was doing. I just wanted them to do right so I forced it. I just wanted-

The next time I tried to let them discover their path. I let them wander, try to find the way with a few choice words of encouragement. They destroyed themselves. I could have intervened more, but I just wanted to avoid the mistakes of last time. I just wanted them to succeed on their own. I just wanted-

Back to the drawing board. This time I won’t hold them so dear.

The writing prompt today was “Dear.”

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