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A Mother's Poem As Her Child Leaves Home

Updated on August 24, 2012

I Wonder…

I wonder where this road will lead

How far you’ll go, how you’ll succeed.

I wonder if I’ve done enough

To get your ready, make you tough.

I wonder if you feel prepared

or if you’re just like me and scared.

I wonder if you’ll be okay

Without me with you every day.

I wonder if you’re not the one

That’s ill-prepared and wants to run.

I wonder how I’ll make it through

My day-to-day was made of you.

I wonder if it might be me

That’s petrified of what’s to be.

I wonder if I’ll still be needed

Now that my job has been completed.


I wrote this poem in response to the many Facebook posts I've read this week like this...

"Can't believe my baby's all grown up and moving away," "My little pony-tailed girl grew up to be a woman," "Kissed my sweetheart goodbye this what?"

As a mother of two little ones, I can imagine that it must be the most bittersweet feeling telling your children goodbye. Pride mixed with fear. Happiness mixed with grief. This poem is for all those overjoyed, broken-hearted, scared-to-death parents out there.

Four Generations of Mommas


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      4 years ago

      I love your poem!!! I am planning a mom's retreat for senior moms this coming weekend...I would like to know if it would be alright to add your poem to our bookmark we are making for the moms? Please let me know asap so I can have time to make them. They will love your poem!!!

      Thank you, Brenda

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      4 years ago from South Florida

      This poem reminded me of the time I left out of state for college. I was 9 hours away from my mother. I cried for a day but got over it. My mom cried for a month. Sadly, I couldn't afford to stay and came home after my first semester. The first day she stared at me all day. Believe me she was probably as scared as you.

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      5 years ago

      beautiful poem and comments really helping me at the moment, dropped my eldest daughter of at university 10 days ago (10 days been the longest i've been apart from her, and her me) so proud and delighted she has settled in so well, also delighted she is taking it in her stride and too busy (as teenagers are) to miss me too much, (i would be more upset if she was homesick!!!) have found other parents comments very reasuring, thanks to all x

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      6 years ago from West Texas, Ya'll

      Thank you very much! I moved away from my hometown of Tulsa, OK five years ago after getting married. Seeing my wonderful parents requires an 8 hour drive but it's always worth it. The times we have together are the sweetest!

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      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      They may leave home,but they never leave your heart (and they do come back). The loneliness is enhanced even further because the phone doesn't ring nearly as much. Beautiful picture. Love the poem - been there; and welcome this place (hp) is diffently where you belong


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