Warm cuddly nights
A tiny hand wrapped around my finger
Baby hands reaching out for me
A spark of recognition in a bright pair of eyes
A toothless smile
Uncertain feet staggering around
A lisped out 'mama'
A tight hug after the first day at school
An invisible hurt that needed a caress
The best of time.
Then they grew up and all of that seemed a dream.
'I can make my own ponytail,' she insists.
'No hugs at the bus stop, please mama,' says he.
'You don't need to watch us while we play,' they roll their eyes!
No longer do they follow me around.
No longer am I needed all the while.
Where did my 'babies' go?
And then I see..
A half tucked in t-shirt needing attention.
'Combed' hair that refuses to sit.
A small hand tightening in mine as a dog strays too close
The call of 'Come na ma' as they dance to crazy music
A 'You have to read this one, mama.'
A 'just like that' hug when I least expect it
That's when I find them again.
Yes they'll need me -
For cheering at the football match
For clapping at their graduation
For blowing up when they stay out late
For celebrating their first jobs
For crying at their weddings
For pampering their children
For that hug they'll want but might not ask for
Yes they'll need me always
and they'll remain ... my babies.
Sending out warm wishes to everyone on Valentine's Day. Hope you have a warm and wonderful time with your loved ones.