Set Her Free

Raising kids is never easy. When my kids were little I thought my life would be simplify itself when they were old enough to feed, bathe, clothe and entertain themselves. Little did I realize that when I did make these mundane decisions for them I also had much more influence over them. I fed them what I thought was healthy, made sure they dressed for the weather and got enough sleep. I knew all their buddies and loved them as my own.
That memorable time didn’t last long though. As they grew, so did their resistance to my opinions. Now that they are teens I know that though they do love me ,they are at their happiest best I when I am not around. They make a lot of decisions on their own and I often left to fret and wonder if they will make the right choices. It is truly hard to let go…

I prayed to the Father
In anguish one day
My little girl has grown and wants to go her way.”
Her path looks treacherous
With dangerous turns
At times too slippery
How can she walk alone?
How can I let her
On an unknown path?
How will I protect her
If she goes too far?
Will I reach in time
To soothe her pain
Every time she is hurt
On that rocky terrain.
I’ve carved my own way
Smoothened it out
All she needs to do is follow
Never will she fall.”
“My child”, said the Lord
“Know without a doubt
Journey to the Self
Is what the path is all about.
On their path one discovers
Their passions true
Their purpose in life
What they are meant to do.
So no two journeys can be one
Each will have their own
Even a mother and child
Will walk theirs alone.
Her heart will be her guide
Be her beacon of light
Shine brightly on her path
Show her what’s right.
Yes, at times she may wander
Drift to another path
But will be back on her own
When she follows her heart.
She may stumble, trip
And hurt herself
But will soon learn to rise
Without your help.
Every fall that she takes
Will be a lesson learned
She will reach her goal
Leaving no stone unturned.
She will blossom ,grow
Into a being so fine
Spirited, Radiant
Strong and kind.
High above in the sky
Will she soar
The rocks on the ground
Will bother her no more.
Know I will watch her
Every step of the way
I will be by her side
Every moment of  the day.
Have faith in me child
Set her free
So she can be as magnificent
As she was destined to be.

This post is dedicated to my daughter Nidhi

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  1. Exactly what is going on in my mind, Vidya. Letting our kids go is one of the hardest thing in life… Well written!

  2. This is so lovely, it leaves me speechless! You are a talented poet too! Keep it up!

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