To My Littles,
I want to be a stepping stone. I want to be your stepping stone.
I picture your life starting at one side of the river bank and your independence starting at the other. And I? I am your stepping stones.
I want to raise you up and keep you dry.
I want to be a steady place to put your feet as you walk this crazy, beautiful sometimes scary, life.
Many days will be two steps forward and one step back.
But when you stumble and fall?
Your little trips or big wipeouts?
When you get your feet wet or fall face down in the water?
I will be right beside you. A steady place to climb back up. A place you can dry off and keep moving.
I will guide you on your journey. And at times the water will be rough. But let me be your strength.
At times, you’ll lose your footing… life will get scary… fear will take over… but I will be with you, showing you the way.
I will take the wear and tear from holding you up.
I will take the gray hair and the wrinkles.
I will take the sleepless nights and the bags under my eyes.
I will take the wet shoulder that you cried on and the hurt feelings when we argue.
I will take the bad days and the hard days.
I will take it all, because with it comes all that is good.
With it comes strength and love. With it comes wisdom and advice. Lessons learned and encouraging words. With it comes good days and easy days.
Eventually, you won’t need me anymore.
Eventually, you’ll get to where you’re goin’.
Eventually, I will no longer be needed as your stepping stone.
Eventually, you’ll reach the other side and your feet will hit the hard ground running.
And it will be bittersweet.
But if I am needed? If you need to come back? Retrace your steps?
I’ll be there waiting. And if I have to help you back for a second or third or fourth time?
I’ll be there… no matter what.
And if you don’t need me?
I’ll still be there, just in case…
Because no matter our ages, or our differences, or the miles between us… I will always be here as your Momma.
My love is grounded, like the stepping stones in a river and you’ll always know where to find me.
With Love, Always