Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Lesson in Letting Go
William Adolphe Bouguereau
Portrait of Gabriella, 1890

This winter has been a lesson in letting go. My children move on, inhabiting their lives, finding the path they are meant to walk. I want to hold them in my arms and tell them the secrets i have learned--that life is short and that love is sweet, even when it fails, that in their time, i wish them all the joy their lives can possibly contain, so much so that it spills out and inhabits those around them. I want them to know that they hold a place inside me that no one will ever dislodge.

There is no magic in this. It is only that I love them. And the letting go means that I trust them enough to let their wings loose in the world to soar as they should.

Heart outstretched

i find the pulse of you

moving through air

a soft weave against my cheek.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014


  1. Ah, Audrey, you know exactly how I feel. In this moment, we are the same.

    1. Aww--It is a hard thing---there should be a chapter somewhere in a parenting book about it. Keep wading through it--and thank you!

  2. Who would have never how much a tiny being could mean to another? I have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who enrich my life daily. I am so blessed that they all live near me.

  3. ahhh yes I know the feeling ... loved coming to your blog ...

  4. What a beautiful wish for your children, Audrey. Letting go is hard, but undoubtedly what you taught them will travel with them for life.


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