Friday, March 18, 2011
A Mother's Duty
I can still remember insecurity
gripping my heart
that first day we brought you home.
How do we “do this” with this sweet baby in our arms?
It didn’t take long to see you’d
You brought a new normal for us,
and a new role for me—
It was new to me yet
I fell into it, as if it was something
I’d been born to do.
Not that being a mom was easy—
there were hard times for sure,
but it just felt right.
You helped define me--
I am wife and mother.
As you grew, my role grew with you,
I gained a little bit of freedom with each
step you took on your own
but you always came back to me,
grasped my hand.
Over the past eight years
I’ve worked, cleaned, and cooked,
But mostly, I’ve mothered.
So you’ll have to be patient with me
as we take this next step together.
I know my mothering can be too much for you at times,
as you grow the first sprouts of
real independence and maturity.
It’s hard for me to let you go,
even just a little,
so you can figure things out yourself.
I know my role is changing,
evolving from mother into friend,
but my heart still clings to you—my baby
and only wants to hold you closer,
It’s against my nature to loosen my hold,
But I will try—I know I need to and
even more, that you need me to.
Because I am your Mom, I will
give you what you need,
cuz that’s what mom’s do
even if it’s painful