NaPoWriMo 2015: day 15

Picturing that First Summer of Your Life

and it's been years since all I remembered
were the hardest hours; now I can see your smile
and remember how we laughed, and how we still laugh

and how intrinsic your smile is to your soul
and how intrinsic your soul is to you
and how intrinsic you are to me
and how intrinsic
how intrinsic
and love

even those hardest hours were worth it
because it all brought me to this moment,
printing photos with you for a third grade
social studies project, remembering
remembering, finally, with just a smile
for the mother I was, and am, and will be.

yes it was hard. yes, I survived.

yes, you are the greatest gift I ever helped make.