Wednesday’s Wafers: series in which I share some of my own writing.
Gift of Wonders
To Jordan from Mama (Karolyn H)
How I have been blessed with this gift in a child.
Having discovered the greatest love
I feel so proud and grateful each time I watch him sleep.
lying in peaceful slumber.
The moment he arrived, I was elated,
But look at him now!
So affectionate, endearing, and playful.
How he loves to learn!
I want to teach him all there is to know.
Whenever he mimics my words or actions,
I feel so special and privileged.
He deserves to be free to explore the world,
and experience the good.
But to see him cry, or feel hurt
tears me apart.
I want to shield him from pain and disappointment.
There he goes – run, run, dance, dance some more!
Feel all the joy I see in your eyes.
Precious baby—yet baby no more.
This perfect little person that has taught me so much
can only be repaid with comfort and security
and a mother’s love.
If it were possible,
I would tell him every moment how much he means to me.
All I can hope is that he knows
and that his sweet smile will never leave my life…empty.
While sorting and packing, I recently discovered a long letter that I’d written to my son when he was only two years old, along with this poem that I’d written around the same time. I gave him the letter yesterday and am publishing the poem here. Now in his late twenties, Jordan has more than met my expectations and is a constant joy.