And so, without a backward glance, my heart scrambled up the steps of the big yellow bus. His excitement at this new development —this milestone years in the making— was so great, I had to make him stop and turn around to kiss me goodbye. It is no accident, then, that the heavens opened and the sky began to pour down upon me as the bus pulled away from the curb. I watched until the bus was out of sight, letting the rain mingle with my tears.
No one told me putting on my own oxygen mask would hurt so much.
Mother sits down at the table
So many things she’d like to do
Spend more time out in the garden
Now she can get those books read too.
She’s had 18 years to get ready for this day
She should be past the tears, she cries some anyway.
Oh, oh letting go
There’s nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there’s room enough to fly
And even though, she’s spent her whole life waiting,
It’s never easy letting go.