Treasure Island

Paizli Palmrose

Watching You Grow

You’ve been an infant
Helpless yet growing
A toddler on the move
So much to be knowing
Next, you’re a child
Testing the limits
Experiencing life
With energy to live it
Now you’re a teen
Just what does that mean
Not child, not adult
Something in between
Knowing just enough
To get yourself in trouble
Charged with hormones
Emotions on the double
Now no time to play
Adulthood on the way
Still needing our guidance
Yet turning it away
Wanting independence
The freedom to choose
Yet also insecure
Learning consequences too
Dad and I have watched you
Grow from infant to a teen
Amazed and astonished
Loving what we’ve seen
You’ve brought us so much joy
Filled our hearts with pride
Yet knowing what’s ahead
We’re apprehensive inside
We’ve done what we could
To prepare you for this time
We’ve seen you be responsible
So we know that you’ll do fine
But if things get a little scary
And you’re not sure where to turn
We’re here to love and guide you
There’s always more to learn

Submitted: Sunday, September 20, 2009

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