Top of the Slope

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That’s my boy at the top of the slope

In the winter-blue parka,

Bright against the new-fallen snow.

Child of mine, but boy no more,

He cuts the fine figure of a man now

As he razzle-dazzles.

Never did follow the well-worn track,

But found his own way in the fresh powder,

Always flying pell-mell and helter-skelter

Down the slopes without a care,

But I was standing there at the bottom,

Watching out for his winter-blue parka,

Sometimes sprawled across the new-fallen snow,

Reaching out for my hand.

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Empty Nest

My daughter has only been gone a few weeks, but it feels like an eternity...my teenager, whom I still think of as just a baby, has gone to college. Her school is three States away, and I will have to rely on email, IM, Facebook, Skype and other electronic means of connecting. No longer will I wake up early just to make her a special breakfast before school; no longer will I walk the dog with her by my side in the afternoons; no more will I have to endure the constant whining about how much homework she has and how little time to do it....yes, I will also miss the whining! I miss everything about her but also wish her on her way to a bigger life. This daughter of mine will succeed because I gave her the tools long ago to follow her dreams. She knows that she will find love and support wherever she goes....and she can always come home.

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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

I love the last line of the Empty Nest section: "and she can always come home." So many parents today want to get rid of their kids and never want them to come home again. You must have a great relationship with your daughter and son. My niece and nephews have all grown up and moved on and I'm experiencing more "empty nest" than their mother, my sister. Another great hub!


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Drjacki 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

You are so right, Suzettenaples...I have a great relationship with my daughters (I have two) and would welcome them home at any time...but just to visit, of course! This poem was originally written for a good friend of mine with a son going off to school and was inspired by a picture of him in his blue ski outfit - hence the "winter-blue parka"! But it applies in my life with both of my wonderful, talented daughters...I am so blessed.

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