For we’re no longer the babies you once carried and lifted to the sky.
Your little girls are both grown up now.
Trying to get used to you not being around. Trying so hard but still not knowing how.
If you could see us right now, you will cry.
You will cry for not staying at our side when the tides were high.
For not being able to wipe the tears in our eyes.
For not saying goodbye.
If you could see us right now, you’ll be proud.
You will say raise your thumb and say “Good job!”
We struggled so hard but didn’t give up.
We stood firm and steadfast, we did not stop the fight.
If you could see us right now, you will tell a story
Stories you eagerly wanted to share.
Stories we waited for so long to hear.
Stories that could have set us free.
If you could see us right now, you will sing.
But this time not only of songs about butterflies and kings.
Your songs will mirror life.
They will teach us how to move forward and journey with delight.
If you could see us right now, you will say “I’m sorry.”
For things you did and those you did not.
For many days and nights that you’re away, for not hearing our plea.
For things that stole the joy we once had.
If you could see us right now, you will say “I love you.”
You will say it many times until you get tired.
You will say it aloud it so everyone will hear.
And we will rejoice knowing you’re always there.
If we could see you right now we will smile…
and then cry.
We will say good job, too despite the odds.
We will tell many stories and not just one.
We will say “We’re sorry” for things we did and those left undone.
We will say “I love you” a few more times.