Parenthood… By Lyla “Gina” Haflich September 2010
Parenthood, what can I Say?
Everyone thinks, they know the Way.
But no one can be truly Prepared.
For all the times they’ll be Tried or Dared.
Nor the Sleepless Nights.
Or all the Power Struggles, or all the Fights.
The “ i Wuv Yoo…” s Start out as, All The Time.
Then slowly Become so Rare to only be a Memory, of Theirs and Mine.
Then there’s the Pain and the Fears.
And with all the Sorrow, you could fill a Lake with all Your Tears.
And you try not to get too Frustrated, or Restless,
When you find the well intended Advice of Others, to be Useless.
Everyone is Unique, so everyone’s Direction and Chosen Path is Different,
So Helpful Advice may be Impossible to Find,
As few have chosen the Exact Same Path and Direction, that You Went.
But if Parenthood is a Part of Your Life or In Your Future…
Have No Worry and See No Threat.
As Parenthood is Rarely one with Regret.
Though you may very well fill a Lake with all Your Tears of Sorrow.
I promise you could fill an Ocean with all Your Tears of joy of Tomorrow.
There will be countless Trials, but there will be far more Triumphs.
As all your Downs will be almost balanced out by all your Ups.
As for your times of Disappointment, you will have Your Share,
But those times are sure to be subdued by all your times of Pride,
As they show you how much they Appreciate and truly do Care.
And it’s not if, but when you reach a mountain,
You are Not confident that you can Climb,
Dig deep for the Strength to press on, and you will learn,
You can Do it, and You Will Be just Fine.
You See, The Bond of Parenthood is like No Other.
So if it’s Closeness you seek, then there is no need to look Farther.
You will find that you will do everything in your Power to Protect and Defend,
And become more Selfless than you ever thought possible,
With Remarkable Endurance all the way to the End.
And you may even be Surprised to find an Animal instinct, hidden Within,
But you will learn to recognize it, once the feeling Begins.
As from time to time you won’t be able to hold back your “Mama Bear” Response,
So for those considering an attack on you and yours, Well, they should just Move On.
Within the world of Parenthood, you will find More Than One Relationship,
But the one that is coveted and Cherished The Most, is the One of Friendship.
So, as for the journey of Parenthood,
In the past, everyone may very well have thought they knew the Way,
But the truth is, they cannot, because the journey of Today and Tomorrow,
Is nothing like the journey of Yesterday.
But even though everyone may not truly know the way, like they think they Do,
Still try to Listen, because I assure you that many are at least familiar,
With the Amazing Love that is in store for You.
And with That Parenthood Love, there is no Lack.
So in the end You too will find very little that you would take Back.
So even though the journey of Parenthood may be Rough,
And certainly not for the weary, and Only for the Tough,
The journey of Parenthood is much like a Test,
And if you are Courageous enough to Take it,
I promise, You Will Be Blessed.
I wrote this several years ago after my daughter who was 9 years old at the time asked what it’s like to be a parent and decided to share it because even though not everyone is a parent, everyone is someone’s child. And sharing it now is just in time for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day soon after.
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