(Read part 4 here)

I have learned to watch
To stand back for a while and let them fall at times
That it is healthy for them.
That that is the way they learn, they learn from their mistakes.
I have learned to catch them, to break their fall
To be their support, to be there for them
To be ready for anything and to offer advice.
I have learned to be harsh when the times called for it
I have learned to do my best for them to help them prepare for an unknown future.
I have learned to understand them, to understand their choices tough as they may be
And not to make excuses for their failures and mistakes.
I have learned to let them be, to let them live for today
And not always for tomorrow.
To let them fly away and try to settle down
I have learned to be happy for them and let them grow
And live to fight tomorrow

© Bridget Mutua