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?
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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