To My Child: I’ll Be Here Whenever You Need Me

Photography: Victoria Gloria

By Proud Happy Mama

I’ve been sitting and watching you as you play outside. You’re covered in dirt. You have a huge smile on your face. You’ve been making up your own games. Running around. Exploring. Using your toys as props to inspire and create wild stories. You are having a fantastic time just being a kid.

I can’t help but smile every time I look across. Your happiness is infectious.

As I sit and watch, you make a point to look up and wave so I know where you are. And every now and then you come past to check in. Sometimes to make sure I am ok and sometimes just to make sure I am still close by.

For now, you are only small, but you have a sense of courage and independence that is growing by the day. I am grateful to see the incredible person you are becoming.

Though with that courage and independence, our relationship is changing. There are many things I once did for you, that you now no longer need me to do.

You no longer need me to carry you everywhere we go, though at times I still do. You no longer need me to lay with you to till you fall asleep, though at times I still do. You no longer need me to read you stories, though at times I still do.

You see my sweet child, I know as you grow, so does your confidence, your self-assurance, and your independence. And I am so proud to see you flourish. Yet, selfishly I know your reliance on me will become less and less. A part of me wants you to stay little forever.

But, no matter how old you grow, I know there will still be times that you need the warmth, love, and security of my arms wrapped around you. Of knowing that I am here just for you.

And in those moments, my sweet child, be sure to know that I will be there for you. Just as I am now. Just as I always will be.

Proud Happy Mama is a blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and supporting mamas as they embrace their motherhood journey and become the best they can be for themselves and their family. It is filled to the brim with inspiring stories, heart-felt quotes, encouraging words of wisdom, and so much more.

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