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Today, I watched you
 Today, I watched you
As you lay in slumber
cocooned in the warmth of sleep;
Unfettered by care, worry or stress,
your lips broke into a dreamy smile.
That smile made my tired shoulders lift in love.
Today, I watched you
As you took the stage
Confident, poised and full of grace;
Singing a song with the confidence that
Can only come from the innocence that is childhood.
That song made me shed a few tears of joy.
Today, I watched you
As you spoke of a girl
Who needed to be shielded 
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From the curious eyes of the world;
You described how you and your friends formed a circle
So nobody would see her as she changed her attire.
That action made my heart swell with pride.
Today, I watched you
As you spoke ceaselessly of books
The ones that adorn your shelves, every corner and all the nooks;
You labeled the racks to know which was where
All on orange post-its to display your treasured wares.
That deed made me hug you with love.
Today, I watched you
As I watch you every day
blossom into a young girl
So different from that toddler at play;
The tomorrows are coming too soon for my liking
Just once, just today, can we slow down the clock?
Can I gaze at your cheeky grin, that warm glance 
That tells me how special you are?
Today, I want to watch you
Cuddle by my side
Eating ice-cream, giggling at cartoons, 
Exchanging tickles and kisses by the dozen;
Today, I want you to fall asleep in my arms
And I want to feel the nuzzle, the snuggle and the hugs
as I drift off into sleep’s warm embrace.

– To my Daughter, Gy

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Shanmuga Priya Raj Kumar · November 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Oh, lovely, shailaja!! very lovely… Blessed is the little girl and so is the adorable mom 🙂 Hugs to you both 🙂

Nabanita · November 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

This is beautiful…She'll cherish this when she grows up…

Shilpa Gupte · November 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

That was such a beautiful poem, Shailaja!

Vinitha Dileep · November 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Oh, what a heart warming poem, shailaja. Beautiful.

Laurel Regan · November 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm

This is so beautiful – what a sweet and heartfelt poem. Thank you for sharing – I know your daughter will appreciate it.

elly stornebrink · November 22, 2014 at 2:32 am

A sweet tribute to your daughter Shailaja. I'm sure she will so appreciate it. I will never have such experiences of motherhood as you do. 🙂 <3

tulika singh · November 22, 2014 at 2:37 am

That was just beautiful Shailaja. Made me go all mushy. I want to stop time too just for a while. They really are growing up too fast.

totschooltotallyawesome · November 22, 2014 at 6:54 am

When do they grow up so fast and still remain so little. ((Beautiful))

Sanch LivingLife · November 22, 2014 at 7:17 am

Aww…so beautiful Shailaja! 🙂

Rajlakshmi · November 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

So so beautiful Shailaja 🙂 the way your feelings dances with the words … makes a lovely read. Gy seems to be becoming smarter and caring day by day 🙂

Ruby Manchanda · November 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

beautiful 🙂

Shilpa Garg · November 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Awwie! That's simply beautiful. This will be cherished by Gy so much when she reads it again after a few years! 🙂

searchingforsubstance · November 23, 2014 at 12:23 am

aww. tenderly written. your daughter will enjoy this poem when she is older, to know of her mother's thoughts and perspectives. =)

anushka patil · November 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

Well written!
Went through your other post, Amazingly written! Keep it up✌

Nabanita Dhar · November 21, 2016 at 9:06 am

I don’t know what else to say except ‘beautiful’. Gy will one day read this when she is a big girl and smile because she has you. Touchwood.
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    Shailaja · November 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thank you, Naba. I sincerely hope so too 🙂

Lavina · November 24, 2017 at 10:46 am


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