Author: Karen Copeland
To my son, standing at the waters edge:
I remember the day this photo was taken. We were at Emerald Lake. You went down to the dock and stood at the edge. I was glad I had my camera with me to capture this moment. You stood there quietly, fascinated by the beautiful color of the water.
I wish I could have told you then that no matter what comes our way, I will fight for you. I wish I could have told you that while others won’t understand, I will. I wish I could have told you that even though things would be incredibly hard, I would be standing beside you, ready to support you, to always love you.
You might have turned to me then, with a smile on your face and said “I love you mama”.
I didn’t say any of those things to you that day ~ because how would you have ever been able to understand what I meant? You were only 5 after all!
I look back on all our years together, and yes, we have had some very difficult moments. Heart-wrenching moments.
I tell you now, I will fight for you. When others choose not to understand, I WILL. I stand beside you and support you and love you. And even in your moments of frustration or sadness, after you have calmed, you still turn to me with a smile and you wrap me in a beautiful hug.
“I love you mama”.
And all feels right with the world.