52: Footprints in the Sand

52: Footprints in the Sand

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom

Footprints in the Sand

The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way.

~Joyce Carol Oates

Together we left our mark on the world.

Not a huge one—

Just two sets of footprints

side by side in the sand.

With the ocean vast and furious before me

and the waves reaching relentlessly to pull me in,

I should have been afraid.

But with you by my side to protect me,

be my lifeguard should I need one,

I felt fearless.

Courageous even.

And I knew that even when the water

washed away our footprints,

together we would create new ones.

As we withdrew from the shoreline,

you would remain by my side,

gently guiding me

and doing your best to protect me

from what might lie ahead,

all the while being my friend.

~Jennifer Lynn Clay

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