The life of a child©

Family and friends sit in wait in hospital waiting rooms

While the proud parent eagerly paces the hospital floors

Waiting for word from the doctor or nurse on

Just when to expect their new bundle of joy

The baby arrives, you hold them in your arms

Smiling from cheek to cheek and your eyes are full of gleaming sparks and tears

You promise them a lifetime of love and protection

You share them proudly with family and friends

You rush them home to start their new life

You await their first steps, their first words, their first mistakes,

One day you find yourself finally able to get a full night sleep again

Until you realize it’s not over, because now they’re a teenager and dating

Then they’re engaged and about to start their own family

You ask yourself where did time go? Did I do the best I could? Did I make them proud?

You only hope that when your grandchildren tell stories about you, that they are full of their parents happy memories of you

Even when you’re gone you’ll still be protecting “the life of a child”.

The Life of a Child©

Copyright 2013-2018

By Felina Silver Robinson

This poem was inspired as a reminder about parenting after reading the story about Owen Gilman and his two children. We all make mistakes, but hopefully, we are all granted the opportunity to learn from them.

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