From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

July 19

She slips into this world and into my arms. An indescribable gift, she opens her eyes, and I am transformed.

Lying on the bed, she sleeps between her daddy and me. We look for ways she looks like us and ways she is uniquely herself. We have nothing to say, but our hearts and minds are full of thoughts—of our hopes and dreams for her, of who she might be, of what gifts she brings with her and how she might touch the world.

As the days and years pass, we are awed at the transformation. She teaches us how to play again, to slow down and see the world again. To rediscover the things we used to see and know.

Time will fly; suddenly she will be grown, a young adult, ready to soar into the world and give what she came here for. Letting go will be wrenching, and yet we know that she is not ours to keep.

Jeanette Lisefski

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