Dear Mom & Dad…
I don’t want to be your Everything.
That’s not why I’m here.
Love me, yes!
Do love me madly,
I don’t want to be your Only Sunshine.
I want to see the vista of You
stretching far beyond the circle
of you and me.
I want to feel your attention spanning the horizon.
You ascending, striving, & ever-growing…
You rocking your own life.
I want to see you creating new things
and keeping your dreams.
I want to see
how you get back up when you fall —
just like me.
Itty bitty though I am, I am a whole person.
And I am resting in a very BIG LOVE
(even bigger than yours)
I am a whole person
and so are you
(even though you’re big!)
So BE big! Fascinate me!
Show me your glory!
Every day you are telling me a story…
The story of “What Adults Are.”
Please don’t make it boring.
My secret hope
is that growing up
will be an outrageous adventure!
Is it true?
I am following your gaze.
And here’s the rub ~
think too much
then I might
think too much
& something tells me
that’s not why I’m here.
What if instead
I get to watch you dive deep into others,
loving friends and strangers…
so I know how
to be a good friend too?
What if I get to watch you
serve a cause with all your heart…
so I learn
how to carry Big Love like you?
If I’m blessed enough to have two of you,
there’s something else you should know.
Your love for each other
is a thousand times more nourishing
than a steady diet
for just me, me, me
(even though that’s pretty great too!)
What I really want to see is
just how BIG
a heart can be…
You teach me the best love
when you lift off and LIVE with wild abandon…
When you be what YOU came here to be.
And that ultimate gift
you really, really want for me?
(i.e. to be happy)…
You plant those seeds
when you show me what true happiness looks like
Ahhh, now that’s a good story 🙂
So thank you Mom,
thank you Dad,
for being so fully,
The real you (still rocking your own life!)
& loving the real me.
That’s what I always wanted
when I picked the Wonderful You
to be forever mine.