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”.
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.