#FWF Free Write Friday; The Circle of Life



I’d like you to consider the changing seasons and circle of life as your prompt this week. I am really looking forward to reading your thoughts. Should make for some great discussions so be sure to read each others work.

father-son-dogI have actually thought of the circle of life lately as I have been informed two more grand babies are coming next year. This brings a smile to my face as I, myself gave birth to three awesome and beautiful babies.

My whole goal in life was to be the best mommy ever. I wanted to teach them that life was about trust and love. I wanted them to learn that life is not always about candy and magic; that there were going to be plenty of bumps in the road.

I thrilled at watching the very first tooth come in, then crawling and walking. Oh I so enjoyed each of these stages. Watching them learn to feed themselves, their first cake to enjoy all on their own.

I laugh now as I remember the mess on their tiny faces as they crammed that birthday cake into their mouth with those chubby fingers. Their first photos I had taken, the potty training days.

The day I cried as I took them into their first day of school and worried if the teacher would care about them as much as I did.

There was so much teaching and learning along the way. Politeness, bad behavior, good behavior, manners, no swearing, respecting your parents. Helping with homework, oh boy, those were some trying times for sure, but they did it.

Christmas Day remembering how they squealed in delight at opening their gifts. Teaching them to share by spending some of their own money on a gift for someone else.

My heart beams as I look back into my memories. I wanted to let them know it is alright to grow up; to learn to make their own decisions. Graduation, relationships, babies, living life.

Now I am a senior citizen and I am proud of my grown children. They turned out awesome in my eyes. No, they are not perfect but a mother over looks so many things out of love. After all I made some pretty big mistakes too while growing up.

My circle of life, my children, my grandchildren. I have done what I wanted. I accomplished what I set out to do. The best thing I see today is my circle has evolved like an embryo. My kids are now living their own circle. They are slowly filling in the shape with what I have taught them as children.

A parents love is never done. It blossoms from the moment we set eyes on you as you enter into the world. When I lie down in my own grave, I will smile as you will be the only thing on my mind. The circle of life is now complete. Terry Shepherd

25 thoughts on “#FWF Free Write Friday; The Circle of Life

  1. A parents love is never ending, so right and I am still trying to do the very best with my children as one might be leaving some time soon. Like you I am proud of what they have become and the way they are, still we never ever stop being mums and loving them!


  2. What a pleasure to experience the young again and to know that life continues even as you get older. I am sure you will enjoy your grandchildren as much as you enjoyed your own children.


  3. Hi Terry!

    Thank you for the smile today. I loved reading this as I completely relate as a mother myself. Oh the things we do overlook out of love. 🙂

    I especially like the message at the end. Lovely sentiment to leave behind. Comforting and hopeful.

    My best to your family.


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  7. My sons are in their early 20’s now and reading your post this week makes me think of those times you write about. Small moments are the ones that make long lasting memories. No regrets for me; I loved raising my sons and hold all those times close to my heart,


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