Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Thursday, March 13, 2008

To My Daughter on Leaving for College

Today I was having a moment of melancholy. I was cleaning out a bookshelf in my classroom and found a beat up notebook full of old writings and ramblings from years gone by. The one that struck me most interesting was actually a published piece. I got a check for this bad boy....and then I grew pensive....how long ago had I written this....then I remembered....10 years had passed. When did that happen? It seemed like only yesterday my little precious....was starting first grade....now she has a classroom of her own. I read the poem again....and knew that I had raised an exceptional daughter....I was a success....I folded the papers back in the book....and placed it back on the shelf....then had a second thought and took one sheet out of the stack....and used it on my blog today....

To My Daughter on Leaving for College

The day dawned bright and shiny
Yet a storm was brewing in my heart
We loaded the last of your life in the car
And headed down a new highway
One that you would go alone.

I watched you silently from the passenger seat
This was a new role for me
I had done all I was supposed to do as a parent
And now...now, I had to set you free

We unpacked, arranged and you flitted off
Like a beautiful butterfly.
I walked away from you...feeling suddenly very old.
You were on your own.

A thousand thoughts flooded my mind.
Had I told you this? Had I taught you that?
I shielded my eyes against the sun and tears.
And let you go. Fly baby.

....I fold the poem again.....smiled at myself....and knew...she had flown. God is good....and I am truly blessed this particular Thursday in March.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is so incredibly beautiful. My best friend is going through this exact thing today. I cannot wait until she can look back and feel successful and blessed -- even more than she already does feel that.

Thank you Karen.

Katjo said...

I am not always one for words so i was googling for poems to help me say to my daughter what i wanted to say in 3 weeks... Your words SPOKE my Heart... funny thing was, my friend call me Oueisser off of still magnolia and my daughters nickname is Kat... I trully think I was suspose to find this poem.. THANK YOU

Katjo said...

i am not one for words, so i was googling poems to try and say what i wanted to say to my daughter in 3 weeks when she leaves for college. I found this one..and it spoke straight from MY HEART... funny thing is my friends call me Ouisser from still Magnolia and my daughters nic name is Kat... I trully think I was suspose to find your poem.. THANK YOU

JEANNIE FERIA said...

I was googling for a poem to tell my daughter how I feel now that she just left for college, and I am so thrilled I found your poem. Thank you so much!!!

JEANNIE FERIA said...

Your poem is just perfect to express how I feel to my daughter that just left for college.
Thank you!!!

Colleen Sullivan said...

I was goggling a poem on how I was feeling on this cold night missing my beautiful daughter who is almost done with her second year of college. Thank you you expressed my thoughts and feelings as if you were me
so touching