I hope to be there when my daughter grows old.
I hope to see her fall in love, to be there when her heart is broken and then made whole again.
I hope to see her succeed, to build things, to make her impact on the world.
I hope to be there when things are falling apart, when times are tough and chances seem slim.
I hope to see her being a goof ball. To see her laugh and try new things.
I hope to see her figuring things out, diving into problems and charting a new course.
I hope to see her sitting by the water, nothing more to do.
I hope to see her listen deeply, to witness her acts of kindness and her generosity with others.
We never know the hour or circumstances of our death. This life is like a child's shoelace, quick to come undone.
I hope I am blessed with the privilege of growing old, to be able to be present in the lives of my loved ones.
We can never be sure of what the future holds for us. We can only practice being present now and enjoying this brief moment that we have together.