Friday, March 21, 2008

A Daughter Is Born

© Judith A. Drew

Encircle your child with love
Offer your hand to guide her
Shower her with tenderness
Shelter away her fears

May she look for sunshine when
There seems to be clouds
May she take a step further to
Find the best in people and life

May she show kindness and patience
Towards others
May confidence and poise propel
Her in life

Teach her appreciation for small
Things in life
The abundance of nature close at
Her feet

Help her to learn the power of
Words spoken
The response to actions which
Might be awakened

Shower her with your love and
Your pride
Protect her as needed, but let
Her fly free
Free to stand tall with absolute
Dignity

As she grows and discovers
Keep memories keen
For times in the future
When she flies free

Remember too as she grows to
Be a woman
She's a reflection of yourself
A reflection of the joy, kindness,
And dignity
A reflection of a woman set free
To pass down her teachings
From no other than thee.

Daughter Poems, Advice for raising a daughter, Family Poems

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When I was younger, I vowed to myself that when I become a parent myself, I would never repeat the "mistakes" of my own parents. Now that I am finally a parent however, about half of the time, I am not really sure if I'm doing the right thing or whether or not I should be doing such and such at all.

I know I love my daughter more than I have loved anything or anyone else in my life, yet when the going gets really tough (which is very often), sometimes I'd feel guilty for "dragging" her into this whole mess. Yet I also know that without her, I simply would not even have enough drive to get myself out of this mess...

I'm still learning. Still trying. Still thriving.

2 comments:

Greg said...

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Gregory E. Lang
Author of “Daddy’s Little Girl,” “Why a Daughter Needs a Dad,” “Why a Daughter Needs a Mom” and more.

Dette said...

What a beautiful poem... thanks for sharing! I saw you on cr8buzz and had to drop by.

Hope you had a great Easter!