“Nanny! See what I can do!”
I take delight when I see you smiling broadly after completing your first somersault.
“You did wonderful!”
You laugh with pride as you puff out your tiny chest.
“Nanny! Can you please help Teddy?”
I sigh with sweet affection as you hold your beloved friend up to me for a stitching.
“We’ll take care of him in a jiffy!”
You can pick out the color of the thread you want and make a memory.
“Nanny! I picked a flower out for you!”
My heart leaps with joy as I gently grasp the gift you have so generously given me.
“Thank you very much!”
Your cheeks flush with happiness from doing such a kind deed and for being praised.
“Nanny! Will you forget us when we don’t need you anymore?”
Your eyes tear up with sheer sorrow when you hear the dreaded news of my future departure.
“Never will I forget nor will I ever stop loving.”
I tell you as I wrap you in my arms and rock you to sleep.
I may not be your mother, but my heart is filled to the brim with light from our memories.
I may not be able to stay by your side, but my love will always be with you.
Even if I forget, or even if you forget, the memories will remain forever with us.