Reflecting on the day

Now that the sun has set
and the nightlight is on,
the dust has settled
and the day is gone.
Now that you’re done fighting
the urge to go to bed,
and your tired eyelids have fluttered closed, little sleepy head.

I have one more thing to say—
I promise I tried my best today.
I know I messed up,
and I know we both ended up crying—
but I want you to know that I am always, always trying.

I’ll never be perfect,
I’ll never do everything right.
but my intentions are pure
and I love you with all of my might.

So let me whisper one more thing to you—
I want you to know,
when things get wild
(chaotic, intense,
and overwhelming, too)
I want you to know that you are my world,
my sweet, beautiful child.

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