Sunday, August 17, 2008

Shiny new us

Dear Jadyn and Liana,

Two years ago, my heart was breaking in two just about every day because I missed you so much as we parted as I left you at day care and went off to my job. I missed seeing you. I missed hearing your cries. I missed everything about you. I worried, too, that I'd miss seeing some of those important milestones. All of those firsts.

In the last two years, however, I am happy to report that I've missed nothing.

I was here when you first crawled.

I was here to hold your hand when you lifted yourself to stand for the first time.

I was here to catch you when you took your first steps.

I was here, unfortunately, when you took your first spill and got a terrible boo-boo.

I was here to introduce you to a slide and a swing, to show you the early morning when the birdies come out to eat, to watch you learn to draw circles and lines and zig zags.

I was here to listen to teach you to count to 10, and listen to you do it successfully.

We may have had our rough patches, but I will forever be changed (and more improved) for the time we've spent together these last two years. I'm looking forward to what lies before us now. I promise to stay awake to this remarkable life change.

This shiny new us.

Thank you for visiting today.

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Goddess in Progress said...

Good luck, Shawn!!

Octamom said...

Best wishes for this transition!

Threeundertwo said...

It will all work out wonderfully!

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

Good luck with this new phase! I'm thinking of you (and waiting for updates). :)

RocketMom Cheryl said...

How'd it go? Thinking of you.

Jaina said...

Beautiful letter. Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

These little ones do have a way of spilling the shine all over. Thinking of you in the glow.

Carey said...

Hope the new job is going well! And your girls are adjusting too?