I will be your protector.  Fierce and true.  I will protect you from monsters under the bed and cars as we cross the road.  I will fight for what you need and deserve.  And when you are big enough and brave enough to fight your own battles, remember I’m always in your corner.  

I will be your carer. The one to make things better.  Scraped knees and runny noses, sickness bugs and broken bones.  I’ll administer the plasters, the tissues and the kisses.  And always know that if I could, I’d swap places with you in a heartbeat.


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I will be your guidance.  Teach you right from wrong.  The one to tell you “No!” when you don’t want to hear it.  Even on the days when you make it hard to like you, when you stamp your feet and scream and shout and declare that you don’t love me.     

I will be your stalker.  The pain in your backside.  To make sure your teeth are brushed and your homework’s in on time.  You think I’m being hard on you and that I don’t understand.  But know that there’s a whole world out there for you, but only if you go grab it with both hands.  


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I will be your confident. The guardian of your secrets.  Smuggled sweets and stolen kisses, I’m always here to listen.  And even if I don’t always like your choices, I will do my best to respect them.  There’s nothing you can’t tell me, nothing is too big or too small. I’m always here to help, no matter how far from grace you fall.     

I will be your gatekeeper.  The keeper of the keys.  The one to know the right time to let you walk alone.  Be smart with your new freedom, because I reserve the right to take it back.  It will serve you well to remember that I was once a teenager too, and I tested all the excuses long before you.  


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I will be your cheer leader.  For all things big and small.  I’ll be the loudest in the crowd cheering you on.  The first in line to celebrate your successes. I’ll even bring the cake. And when you think you can’t do it I’ll be the one to tell you that you can.  I always have, and always will, be your biggest fan.

I will be your everything. The best that I can be.  I’ll give you everything I have and more, way beyond your needs.  Even when you’ve grown to big to sit upon my knee, and baby grows and tiny toes are a distant memory.  I will be your everything because you are everything to me.   


For my boys



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