I Want To Be Your Stepping Stone

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 not conditional.

My love is grounded, like the stepping stones in a river and you’ll always know where to find me.


With Love, Always

Your Momma

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  1. Sim

    This is beautiful! I was literally thinking along this thought earlier. I want to raise independent children who are prepared for the world. In order to do that, I must be the stepping stone! Very nicely put! Poetic!

  2. Jenny Berk

    This is such a sweet post. Reminds me of one my favorite books, the Giving Tree. That’s what we are as mom’s right? Giving trees. We give and give and in that giving we GET so much.
    Thanks so much!

  3. Alex

    As a child I never fully understood/appreciated how much my mother loved me. As an adult, I am glad that I am able to recognize all she does for me and all she did for me. No one has ever loved me like my mom has!

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      Yes, Alex! So beautifully put. I don’t think any of us realize the extent of a mothers love until we’re older. A mommas love is not conditional, which makes it so beautiful!

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      Thank you for such kind words, Fatima. I thought this photo was a perfect representation of the journey I picture!

  4. Tori Gabriel

    I loved this post! It is so beautifully written. Have you considered posting this on your blog FB page as an abridged status that people can share? I think it would do well.

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      I took your advice and posted it to my blogs FB page and it did wonderful! Much more traffic than before. Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful advice! I truly appreciate it!

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      Dave, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Inspiring someone who is inspiring themselves is such a compliment! I truly appreciate it!

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      Thank you so kindly, Eugenia! I absolutely agree that a momma’s love is not conditional, which makes it so incredibly beautiful!

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      Ana, thank you for your sweet words. Although, I am sorry it caused you sadness. For those who didn’t have a stepping stone themselves, maybe they can start by becoming a stepping stone for someone else.

  5. Joanna

    This is a really beautiful poem, I am sure that your children will appreciate it when they will grow up and will appreciate your love and efforts to raise them well and be there for them.

    1. Lana Lytwyn Post author

      That is my hope, Joanna! Maybe when they’re older and need a reminder, they will forever have it. Even someday after I’m gone, they won’t ever wonder how I felt!

  6. Nat

    A beautiful poem and such a lovely way to describe the way us mums are there for our little ones and a great message to cherish the time they need us


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