Oh, my child, when will you learn?

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Tears are beautiful, and use(less)ful,

… but they will not save you now.

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Dearling, darling, sweetling mine—

My love, you are so far from me, now,

too far for my reach.

I long to pull you close,

but alas…

Those days are gone.

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Weep, if you will—

Weep so prettily, trying,

trying for mercy.

The world has none.

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You are too big for my arms now,

too tall and too grown,

out in the wide world,

testing your meddle and your heart.

I would take all your burdens,

all the pain and strife of life…

But, for all the hardships, there is joy.

and I would not take that from you.

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I've tried to teach you strength and perseverance,

to continue on when all beat down at you,

telling you can't and won't and shouldn't.

And I know… in my heart,

I know that you can succeed and flourish,

that you don't need me to lift you anymore.

I still want to, though, dear one.

Oh, how I still want to.

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Dearling, darling, sweetling mine,

walk the wide world now.

Walk the wide world.

Do not weep, but rejoice…

And remember, my love,

Remember that you can always come back to me.