Sunday, June 29, 2014

Graduation Day

For Kayla

You stand out
amongst the crowd 
leaving childhood behind

to venture into the future
seeking the freedom of new

 As I remember all the years-

Holding your hand
as we walked together
down the hall to your first
day of kindergarten, reluctantly
I let you go.

Visiting you at lunch
lonely for each other,
looking forward to Halloween
shedding formality for memories.

learning to swim,
always wanting to venture further-
reluctantly, I let you go.

Hearing you sing
to KT Tunstall
on the way to school
the beauty of your voice
filling me.

Fifth Grade Graduation-
as we blew bubbles
saying goodbye as you rode off
to another new beginning.

Seeing you grow
on stage, a favorite place
from “Character Matters”
to “The Tempest”.

The magic of you
lingers , all the things which
made up a life I will always treasure-
From Build a Bear, Webkins, Peter Rabbit
Polly Pocket to discovering the Beatles,
renewing my love for them.

Lana Del Rey lulling us into
far off places as we eagerly
anticipated seeing your sisters .

You have given me more than I
could ever have hoped for, filled
my days with wonder and beauty.

On this day, when you say goodbye
to childhood, reluctantly I let you go
hoping you will always find solace
in the memories as I do.


  1. Bitter-Sweet piece... I went with you through time and experienced my children, seeing you ahead of me in the hall.

  2. oh what a hard time...that letting go...letting them now go and make their own memories...some with you but many without...make their own decisions...i feel for you takes faith...ha

  3. So poignant and heartfelt. She sounds like a wonderful girl! Hard to watch them spread their wings - but you will bask in the glow of her radiance just as you did when she was on stage!

  4. Oh this made my heart sing so all the times you have shared--and made me cry for the pain of the loss you bear---beautifully said Lisa!

  5. very touching, love the connection you speak of, its beautiful.

  6. I hear your mother's heart very clearly ~ You know when we let them go, they always come back to us, smiles ~

  7. To see a child growing up.. Love the inclusion of music to mark the growing.. And as long as they walk the right way.. They'll be with you.

  8. Thanks for sharing your life with us here. Wonderful - and liked the repetition of "reluctantly…"

  9. This is so touching and beautiful Lisa outstanding


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