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Monday, August 16, 2010

Days of Higher Learning

Dear friends, I wrote this poem after my daughter Amy went back to college in 1995. It is always sad to see our kids go off to college and start school. We raise them to be independent and then they listen..We have to let our children go. They will return. It is exciting to see where the Lord will take them. My kids are married now and have children of their own.

I'm thinking of you let your children go.

God bless, Jennifer aka Gigi

Days of Higher Learning

Sweeping out the sand from the wood floors

In her quiet, empty bedroom

I realize that summer is over once again.

She packs up her life and her smile

And leaves to explore a world not yet known.

Autumn will come with its cool nights

And her memories will fill the air

With sad tears of yesteryear.

Her long hairs lying on the bathroom floor will soon be gone.

Her quiet, empty bedroom remains

To remind us that something is calling her onward

To greater heights

And we cannot go with her

And sadly we remain. (1995)


  1. Oh, what a wonderful ode to parenthood and your daughter's new chapter in life. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum, with my oldest starting kindergarten later this week. I'm sure you can attest at how quickly time flies!

  2. What a beautiful poem. I know it must have been hard to say good-bye. I am sure your daughter is a beautiful young woman and has learned much from you.

  3. I can relate, my oldest is 17 and I know her time it fly is coming closer, your poem reminds me to cherish this season while I still have her under my roof.
    Thank you for sharing ♥