From the moment I met you, I held you in my arms. Cradled your body next to mine. I breathed in your scent. I felt your breath on my skin. I snuggled in your warmth. I admired your innocence. My heart burst and my eyes overflowed with tears of love. I have never known a love so strong, so pure, so lasting. The love of my children. There is no love like it.
As you have grown I have watched you explore the world around you. Through touch, sight, smell and experience. I have admired your persistence. Your desire to learn more. Your desire to perfect your skills. When you have fallen, I have picked you up. I have encouraged you. I have helped you to figure things out.
Lately, I have bit my lip and let you figure it out on your own. Let you explore. Let you experience. Let you make mistakes. And succeed by your own will. I have tried to instill in you kindness and unconditional love, by leading by example. I am proud of the person you are, and the person you are becoming. I am proud of your kind soul and strong work ethic. These skills will serve you well.
Now you are off to school; on your own. Charting your own course, with the skills I have taught you. But know, I will always be with you. A voice in your head. Encouraging you. Cheering you on. Guiding you. And whenever you need me, I will be here. Here to hold you. To listen to you. To love you. No matter where you go, or what you do. I will be here for you. Always. Forever. My child.