Today I am quoting poetry (it’s poetry to me anyway) from someone else, because honestly it so completely and utterly describes how I felt yesterday more than anything I could ever write.
“Long ago you came to me, a miracle of firsts; First smiles and teeth and baby steps, a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away and leave to me your past, And I will be left thinking of a lifetime of your lasts …
The last time that I held a bottle to your baby lips,
The last time that I lifted you and held you on my hip.
The last night when you woke up crying, needing to be walked.
When last you crawled up with your blanket, wanting to be rocked….
I’ll watch you leave and think how fast our together passed.”
(from Karen Kingsbury’s beautiful book “Let me Hold You Longer” .)