After you rub your groggy eyes in the morning
I open your curtains to welcome the sun.
You realize a new day has begun.
And someone who loves you is waiting…
To see a little smile.
I watch you run freely;
Independent from me.
I want to join, but I have to let you be.
I still experience your joy
When I see that little smile.
I frustrate you with my rules.
You shake your fists and stomp in protest.
I reassure my love for you despite this test.
You pout and turn away.
I know I will see that little smile again.
You work hard and overcome challenges.
I watch from the sidelines, cheering loud.
Waiting for the moment when your eyes will see mine in the crowd.
Your victories are mine too.
When you give me a little smile.
One day I will watch you smile and drive away with a wave.
Time to let go, but the memories will stay.
Your dad and I will wait for a letter or phone call every day.
We will pray for you always; that you are finding goodness in the world.
Know that anywhere you ever are, near or far, we orchestrate life just in hope
To see that little smile.