Sad goodbyes haunt my memories
Almost eight years spent traversing the earth
I breathed in your scent and kissed soft cheeks when our arms entangled
Pulling apart broke my heart into tiny pieces that blew away in the wind
Never to fit together quite the same way again

 Recently, you held the Mother’s Day gift I gave you, “Chrysalis,” in your hands
I read the inscription and we sighed, “Protect and cherish; give wings to fly”
Then you placed it next to the framed picture and scripture
That kept you and I sane when I traveled far away
“May the Lord watch between us while we are apart.”

The times we could have had together perished
So something new could grow in my life
Thank you, Mom
For loving me enough to let me go

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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14 Responses to Chrysalis

  1. Mary says:

    What a touching post… I’m glad I stopped by from Five Minute Friday to read it today.

  2. Letting your child go. My son is in North Carolina and I am in Miami. There is no work here and this is a pretty violent place and my son doesn’t take any lip from anyone. He’s safer up there. I have to let him go. I am an only child. I miss him. He’ll be 30 soon. He’s cool and want him around me all the time. It will not be. I don’t like it. I am angry. My daughter is here and there are 3 grandchildren and that is some consolation. But still, a big piece of the whole is missing.

    • JoDee Luna says:


      I feel your pain. Two of my children have been overseas for a year. My heart ached while they were gone. I cannot imagine a longterm situation like you have.

  3. Brenda Chance says:

    Very beautiful. Moms are unexplainably special, yet your words give touching insight into how deep the waters flow in the mother-daughter bond. Thank you.

  4. Beautiful tribute to your mother and to motherhood. Blessings to you, JoDee…

  5. Jenn says:

    Oh the gift of letting go….motherhood….beautiful post.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Wow, this is beautiful — your mother holding you and letting you go. That is love! So grateful to read this tonight. Thank you.

    (P.S. Are you a Bruin, too?) 🙂

  7. izziedarling says:

    Sweetest post, ever, JoDee xo iz

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