Roots & Wings

by thewallflowerchapter

This poem reminds me of the two biggest things GY and I can give our daughters…

If I had two wishes, I know what they would be:

I’d wish for roots to cling to, and wings to set me free. 

Roots of inner values, like rings within a tree,
And wings of independence, to seek my destiny. 

Roots to hold forever to keep me safe and strong, 
To let me know you love me, when I’ve done something wrong. 

To show me by example, and help me learn to choose,
To take those actions every day, to win instead of lose. 

Just be there when I need you, to tell me it’s all right,
To face my fear of falling when I test my wings in flight. 

Don’t make my life too easy; it’s better if I try 
And fail and get back up myself, so I can learn to fly. 

If I had two wishes, and two were all I had,
And they could just be granted, by my Mom and Dad

I wouldn’t ask for money, or any store-bought things, 
The greatest gifts I’d ask for are simply roots and wings

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