Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on keep.
If I could, I would keep you little.
I would keep you with me, all snuggled, all a pile of mushy family.
If I could, I would keep you safe always.
I would protect you with all I have.
If I could, I would keep here, in this house you turned into a home.
If I could, I would hold your hand tight, until the end of time.
I would keep watch over you,
I would keep you close, to all we created together.
I would keep reminding you of what is important.
I would keep your heart protected.
I would keep you laughing.
I would keep you wanting and loving a happy childhood, even in old age.
I would keep you striving, and working and moving.
I would keep that shine in your eyes, that way you always look happy.
I would keep you in love, with all that is in front of you.
I would keep you.
If I could.
Instead, I will watch you from a distance create happy and you.
I will watch you create your memories, your life.
I will no longer be your keeper, I will be your mom.
I promise that when that time comes, I will instead keep a safe distance.
I will always keep a piece of you with me, because you will take most of me with you.