Cheryl C. Helynck
The day I first held you in my arms,
and looked into your eyes
I knew you were trusting and
depending on me.
A child knows when love
surrounds them and they flourish.
You grew and bloomed
right before my eyes
in what seems like moments.
You took me back through my childhood
as we played together.
Your questions that never ceased made me search for answers.
One day you were looking up
at me in awe, sure that I was
and always would be
the focus of your young life.
Then came a time when
you tested your wings and
that I was standing in your way and I tried to
my protection slowly.
Now grown and a woman
with your own mind.
Working through the problems of life
as they approach you all at once or one at a time.
I taught you what I felt
you needed to survive.
surpassed all my expectations
becoming so assured,
strong and determined.
Many of my dreams for myself
have been fulfilled through you.
You took a part of me and gave it new meaning.
Through your eyes I stood high on a mountain.
Somehow I tried to be the
image you had of me
not to disappoint you.
When in truth what I saw
was a beautiful woman
evolving into many of the things I had always wished for myself.
Never envious, my love is always
as you continue
to walk forward in life.
Your joys are my happiness, your tears my sorrow.
Climb every mountain and
stand tall and free and from the
valley I will look up and admire all you have become
my dear daughter.
Learn from mistakes made and
in your knowledge of mankind.
Show compassion, love and
patience as you share yourself.
Now as you take on a new role as
put your focus on your new life.
Dedicate yourself to the
man of your dreams.
Be his strength when he needs it.
Walk by his side and let your love
for each other
be your guide through times of troubles and strife.
Look now through your eyes back at me, see me smiling.
So proud of you,
pleased at the woman
become, loving you always.
written by ©
Cheryl C. Helynck
"Reflections Series" 1998
and used with permission.
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