Letting Go

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.  One is roots.  The other is wings." 

~ Hodding Carter, Jr.

Pride and joy, those were the very first feelings that consumed me as my children reached their first milestones as well as all the very firsts after.  These feelings overwhelm us while in the back of our mind in a split moment, we are also consumed with a sadness that they are no longer a baby and are growing up.

As parents, we raise our children so that they can become independent adults and can care for themselves in all aspects of their life.  But even though, this is the goal for all of us, it is hard to let go sometimes.  It is difficult for us to watch them as they slowly pull away from us and learn to grow on their own.

It is a blessing in knowing that we raised them so that they can care for themselves but that doesn't take away the difficulty in knowing that for the most part, they don't need your help as often as they did when they were young.  I will always miss the baby who needed me to just hold them, love them, and care for them but the truth is that no matter how painful it may be to let them grow and become independent, I will never lose the pride in all that they have accomplished.

For the time being, while they are children, I will relish in still being able to have them come to me for help for I know that one day they will become adults and will no longer need me as often.  

I hope that they will know that no matter what, I will always be here to help them.  They will always be my children, no matter how old they are. I am always proud, for you have done so much to become who you are and for that, I am blessed.


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