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Letting go....(See you at 3:00)

Sun is hot and we play all day
Fun started at the end of May
Planting a garden and watching it grow
Laying in the grass with the bugs aglow
Sleeping late and picnics for lunch
Hugs from my son, he loves me a bunch
Look Mother, a picture I painted for you
with orange flowers, green grass and sky of blue.
Oh wait, I must add a rainbow too!
I watch him paint his, eye brow up and tongue sticking out
"Helps me concentrate", he says with a smile and never a pout.
Starting all day school , I smile how can that be?
It seems just yesterday he was three.
He started school then, just a few hours a day
We miss him anytime he is away
The past three years he attended a special class
He wasn't always able to walk in the grass
He wears braces on his legs and he runs kinda slow
Will the other children be kind? I need to know.
This time he leaves early, won't be back until 3:00
I feel like a baby, now it's me not we.
That first day Dad will be there too
He always knows just what to do.
Our son is eager to go and meet new friends
I want him to grow and to learn and to blend
I worry a little as each mother would
I want to go with him, and thats no good
The time has come for letting go
He is ready, this I know.
This year he will attend regular class
20 children his age, he will have a blast
Also ready to ride the Big Bus
Eating lunch at school, not with us.
I don't want him to see the fear in my eyes
The ache in my heart and tremble inside
It's too late he already knows.
He hugs me tight befores he goes
"Don't worry Mom, Im a tough little guy"
The time has come to say good-bye
"I know" I say and hug him tight
"Don't worry about me, I'm alright"
Oh the tears I fight
New friends say hello as he sits in his seat.
A big-boy world he is ready to meet
warm hands on my shoulders to comfort me
"We love you honey, see you at 3:00

Marie A. Kennedy
© copyright 2000

Marie has written a wonderful book about her son Jimmy, who was born with cerebral palsy. You may view information on this informative and heartwarming book at her site:
http://www.unbound-books.com/thirdcharm.htm

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