Letting Go

 

Letting Go

In the beginning there was just you and me

But I stand in a world I want you to see.

I’ll take you to places and show you other things,

To hopefully let go, so you use your own wings.

You can come back and tell me what you’ve done.

My only question will be, did you have fun?

Mama Grace

 

As I watch her grow, each stage seems to be about letting go. Letting go of her being in our room, holding me for stability, holding her cup and taking time out to let her have her independence.

It reminds me of working with young people with behavioural and special needs, especially those who needed to be restrained; the 1:1 support and systems we put in place all worked but the ultimate goal is for them to have complete independence and feel their power to control their lives.

I hope that I keep letting go, so that she navigates her way through life feeling fully confident and having fun. This is a poem I wrote for her to find her own way.

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35 thoughts on “Letting Go

  1. I find this strangely very poignant. So many times when you have to let go and so very scary to do when you love them so very much. Does not seem to get any easier either as they move into adulthood.

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    1. And I hear you. I used to teach SEN and nobody knows what an individual is capable of until they are given the opportunity but when someone has SEN needs there’s a balancing act between giving the right support and letting the young person be independent, perhaps because even on a small thing the fall can be greater. I acknowledge you have a journey where I would feel more anxious. I think between you and River you’ll workout when it’s time and something has become too easy.

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  2. What a beautiful poem, I found it really touching. It’s tough to let go but at the same time, for my daughter, I can also see it as a positive because I can see her thrive on more independence (although we still co-sleep so at least I haven’t had to let that go yet). #sharingthebloglove

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  3. randommusings29

    I love this – really beautiful and perfectly captures the milestone moments where you realise your baby is growing up
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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  4. Aww… beautiful poem. Letting go is so hard. I saw a special need kid just didn’t want to school today because he thought his mother has forgotten his school bag. Little did he know that because it is the last day of school the school kept his school bag so that it would be ready for him for next year. My son said… he sometimes doesn’t understands but he is a good boy. Coming from him makes my heart melts.

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost xx

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  5. Beautifully written and so spot on. Letting them go and watching nervously as they test things out is so difficult, and I can’t imagine it gets any easier as they get older and the things they are doing become bigger and bigger. But seeing them accomplish something really is the most amazing feeling ever. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  6. I get this, I really do. I have to ‘let go’ in a few weeks time when school starts! It’s going to be tough! Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales – hope to see you again on Tuesday!

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  7. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    Letting go is so important for development and a natural progression but that doesn’t make it any easier for parent or child! #familyfunlinky

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    1. I’d be an internal mess, while taking photos and outwardly giving all the encouragement and smiles. I think there’s a special day Spa I’d have to book that day to centre myself and take in all that’s happened and what’s changed.

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  8. twotinyhands

    This just makes me want to cuddle mine closer!! He’s only 2 and I let him wander his own path a lot but never too far out of sight. I’m sure when I hit school age this will hit me harder!! Beautiful poem as ever, ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  9. Beautiful! Letting go is definitely one of the hardest parts of parenthood that I’ve found. When my daughter started school last year I found it really hard to hand over to someone else. I know this is only going to get older as they get older. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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