JOSEPH TALKS ABOUT HIS OLDEST SON
After what we went through with him—
all the business with angels, and Egypt—
I was hoping things would settle down.
It seemed they might. I thought
maybe he could save the world
by being a good man, right here
in Nazareth. As time went by,
I even began to think he’d be
a cabinet maker. He had such
promise. He was careful, deliberate.
He had an instinct for how things
fit together. And he was good with
customers. What they wanted, what
they could afford. But then, I had
other sons to carry on, for Mary’s sake.
And Jesus? Well.
It seems he made something
of himself after all.