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I Hope You Dance

I have reached a new milestone in my mothering journey. My oldest is leaving home tomorrow. She’s moving back to Colorado, and plans to go to school there. I’m proud and happy and scared and sad all at the same time.

When I look back at how she came to me two and a half years ago, (and that’s a back story I am not going to repeat) I can see so much growth in her. And I know I played a part in that, and I am so proud of who she has become.

And I am happy for her that she’s starting out on this grand adventure we call life. And I am scared for the same reason–have I taught her all she needs to know? And I know that I haven’t, but I also know that I had to find out a lot of things by trial and error as well.

And I am so sad, because I will miss her so much. She’s going so far away.

So this is what I say: I hope you dance.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake
But it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
Lyrics by Lee Ann Womack

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