I watched you today, as you watched your grandchildren,

my children- and wondered
how you endured the pain, fear, joy and elation
that transforms us into parents.
I remembered the lessons, the laughter, the tears.
Do I have the strength to endure it all?
I will move slowly, delicately, yet boldly-
armed with the wisdom of your life, your love,
with full awareness of my shortcomings, yet pride
in my strength, thankful that it was you
that brought me to this place, this time, this love.
I watched you today as you watched your grandchildren.............

(You have developed a much longer fuse! )

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