Letting Go

“Look, mommy, look!” She climbs high in the tree.

I don’t know that I can, fear creeps into me.

She’s much too high, it scares me so,

but who am I to tell her no?

Sure, I am the mom, and you’ve heard “mom knows best.”

But does mommy, truly?  Does she pass the test?

“I’ll do it myself” and “I know that I can.”

Even when this child has gone rogue and hasn’t a plan…

Higher, faster, risk taker is she.

My child is fearless…so I’ll let her be.

I’ll stay in the background, letting her shine.

Her successful pride is also mine.

Like a hot air balloon, waiting to fly…

If a child remains tethered, she won’t reach the sky.

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