Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hello Goodbye

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I welcome one daughter home this week after a year on the road with her boyfriend and a backpack.  I am getting ready to say goodbye to my other daughter as she gets ready to work in Germany for a year.  So I feel in between somehow, moving along a riptide of emotions.

Expect the unexpected
ride the tide and let be
pulling bits of tears from lips smiling in hope
I fold them both into parts of my heart
to keep them safe
and to touch them before I sleep.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013


  1. The bittersweet love of parenting - proud we raised them well enough to be on their own but sad to see them go...

    1. It is sad--sometimes it comes over me when I least expect it

  2. Oh, I understand this and feel son in the military so was in Afghanistan for 7 months (and the whole time my heart resided in my mouth)...other daughter traversing Europe (alone!!). I admire them, but I miss them when they are not close enough to catch in a hug.

    1. Then you do understand--I can imagine that your heart resided in your mouth! My nephew was in Afghanistan and my sister--I don't know how she did it--I don't know how you did it


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