For my daughter on her wedding day

I can still remember your first kick,
The wonder of that tiny bubble of a movement within me,
The love that flooded my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

I remember how you would wake up
With a cheerful toothless smile
Bringing sunshine to my day.

Your first words, your first steps,
The first poem you wrote, the first book you read alone,
The delight on your face with each experience.

Yes, the smile, always the smile
And today too I see that smile
Wider, more brilliant than ever before,

As you stand beside the man you love
Walking together down a new road
A new life, a new beginning

And once again, the love floods my heart
Bringing tears to my eyes,
As I see how happy you are.

If there is a tinge of sadness
It’s just because I am selfishly aware
That now no longer will every Christmas be shared;
No longer will this be home;
I am not the only mom in your life.

But that sadness is fleeting
Coz I can feel the love that surrounds you
Not only from your husband, but your whole new family
And as you walk down the road of this new life
All I can give you is a heart full of love and blessings

God bless you my beautiful baby and my wonderful son!

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