The Rearview Mirror

You watched me in the rearview mirror during car rides--
My pig tails and innocence, wondering eyes wide.

You watch me now in the rearview mirror during the long drive ahead
Memorizing every last word of conversations said--

My eyes still wide with excitement, though a little scared,
And to be honest, I am a little sad.

It was you who supported and guided me all this way
To stand on my own, leading me to this day.

I may make mistakes, maybe a few,
But it will allow me to learn, and I'll make do.

My boxes are unpacked, room is all set, my roommates are here;
It's about that time, final conversation to be said is near.

Hug me tight, no need to cry;
I'll do alright, it's time to say good-bye.

May you see me in the rearview mirror as you drive away
Becoming an adult and making you proud
With what you have taught me all along the way.

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