Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Bye Moon!"

Isn't it amazing how babies grow into little people?  The little person in my family (who used to be my baby just a few months ago) now notices the moon.  She came running in with her Grammie one evening insisting that I take a picture of the moon.  I have no talent with moon photography, but I just had to share my best attempt because it was a request from my daughter. 

Yesterday we were walking into swimming class, and Ana was so sweetly saying bye to our car.  Then she said "Bye Moon!!"  I looked up, and the moon was out.  She's very observant. 

I guess that I can hold you
one more time before you grow.
And tell you that I love you
so that you will always know.
Please let me tie your shoe again.
One day you'll tie your own.
And when you think back to this time
I hope it's love I've shown.
Can I help you put your coat on?
Can I please cut up your meat?
Can I pull you in the wagon?
Can I pick you out a treat?
One day you might just care for me,
so let me care for you.
I want to be a part
of every little thing you do.
Tonight could I please wash your hair?
Can I put toys in the bath?
Can I help you count your small ten toes
before I teach you math?
Before you join a baseball team
can I pitch you one more ball?
And one more time can I stand near
to make sure you don't fall?
Let's take another space-ship ride
Up to the Planet Zoor.
Before our Cardboard Rocket
doesn't fit us anymore.
Please let me help you up the hill.
while you're still too small to climb.
And let me read you stories
while you're young and have the time.
I know the day will come
when you will do these things alone.
Will you recall the shoulder rides
and all the balls we've thrown?
I want you to grow stronger
than your Dad could ever be.
And when you find success
there will be no soul more proud than me.
So will you let me carry you?
One day you'll walk alone.
I cannot bear to miss one day
from now until you've grown.

© Brad Anderson


  1. The poem made me teary... The get so independant so qickly it's scary!

  2. Yup. pretty much a pile of tears now!