Prose for Thought – I Noticed It This Morning

Welcome one and all to this week’s Prose for Thought. Once again I am looking forward to reading everyone’s brilliant creations. There were some real stunners last week.

This month’s poetry and prose round-up over on BritMums is up and, for the very last time, Helen from All at Sea is my co-editor. She and I started the round-up just under a year ago. I am so sad to see her go but we are very pleased that we have a wonderful poet taking her place.

Yesterday, for some reason, I was feeling emotionally nostalgic. I was climbing the stairs with Grace after finishing our breakfast and I looked down at her hand holding mine. I thought to myself that it won’t be much longer that she does this, and it wasn’t so long ago that her hand was so much smaller and she held mine so much more.  She regularly still holds it on our walk to school but I know it won’t be long before that ‘isn’t cool’ any more.  This poem sums up my feelings about this (I admit to tears when writing it).

I Noticed It This Morning

I noticed it this morning
How your hand fits
Inside mine
How, over the years
I have to stretch my grasp
Just that bit w i d e r
As though time
Is getting me ready
For the inevitable

I noticed it this morning
How this once tiny hand
Is getting
That bit bigger
Ready to take on a life
A life of your own
One where your grip
Will be given
To another

I noticed it this morning
How it won’t be long
Before I have to
Loosen my hand
To eventually let go
But even though
My hand will slacken
My arms will always be there
To catch you

Victoria Welton 2nd April 2014

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  2. April 4, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    So lovely. My own baby is currently curled up snoozing beside me on the couch after an exhausting morning at The Tower of London. This brought tears to my eyes. These early years are so precious but they fly on by don’t they? Thanks for the reminder to stop and stare and appreciate them while we can.
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  3. April 4, 2014 / 6:51 am

    What a beautiful poem! I know exactly where you are coming from. I think myself lucky that my daughter, who is now 8, still holds my hand everywhere we go. I noticed yesterday a couple of year 5 boys holding their mums’ hands and it made my sad. I can’t remember when my boys last held my hand – probably year 3. But that’s boys for you!
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  4. April 3, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    That is lovely Victoria. Moments like you had this morning stop my heart at times. Early childhood is so fleeting xxx

  5. Mrs Teepot
    April 3, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Oh bless you *hugs* It must be a really hard watching your baby grow up.
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  6. tracey bowden
    April 3, 2014 / 11:06 am

    This is beautiful something all mums can relate to thank you for sharing this I love it
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  7. Katie Clark
    April 3, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Oh Vicky, this is just beautiful. I had tears reading this. Thanks so much for hosting another lovely linky Xx
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  8. Maddy@writingbubble
    April 3, 2014 / 9:36 am

    Gorgeous! I LOVE it! and it brought tears to my eyes too. It is lovely to watch our kids grow up but also painful – you’ve captured this perfectly.
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  9. Sarah Miles
    April 3, 2014 / 8:33 am

    That’s lovely, my favourite of yours thus far. And very true. I get shirked off now when we are in town 🙁

    I hope you don’t mind my linking our new venture, Paper Swans, today. There is a 30 page downloadable iPamphlet of poetry and flash fiction on the site if anyone needs some extra reading…!

    It is a site to support new/emerging writers of poetry and FF x

  10. April 3, 2014 / 7:57 am

    Phenomenal Vicky! I love it. Almost brought tears to my eyes as we all know it will happen to us all as parents. I love that you ended it with your arms reading to catch her. So hard to let them grow up and have space.
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  11. Emma from over at LIFE AS IT IS
    April 3, 2014 / 6:59 am

    Vicky hun, this is superb. What a stunning and powerfully emotive piece of writing this is. Art. That touches a mother’s soul. Thank you!

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