Shore to shore, what was I born for?

So I was talking with my little guy last night.  He is 5 years old and in full day senior kindergarten.

He’s been biting his nails lately so I asked him if anything was upsetting or bothering him.  He said that he got anxious at school.  When I asked why he said it was with large groups of people.  He said everyone wants to play with him (which is great!) but he only likes to play with a few children at a time and when the group gets large it worries him. 

Some of us do well in large groups while others prefer to have small groups or even one on one time.  While I am all about being true to yourself and listening to your inner voice, there are times that we have to get out of our comfort zones, venture to places that are unknown and uncomfortable for that is where you will find the most growth. 

When I asked my son why he thought that he was anxious in large groups he replied

“I wasn’t born for that.” 

What a puzzling, wise response.

How does a 5 year old know what he was or was not born for?

Do we not ask ourselves every other day why am I here? Why was I born? What is my purpose?

While I wonder away and stand in awe of my 5 year old that knows and identifies so well with himself and his feelings I will hold him close and reassure him that there is no need to bite his nails and that he was indeed born for me.


ImagePhoto taken last spring in Lagoon City, Ontario.  


Shore to shore


I will keep you safe.
Follow me.

I will show you how.



But not too far,



But not too much,


Swim but stay in line


When you get your wings


You may fly,

Oh me oh my,


Follow me


Stay in a row

a learning we will go


You are protected in the row,


Mummy in front,


Daddy behind.


When you fly off into the world

Daddy will always have your back


And I Mother,

Will always be here to guide you,

When you need me.


Oh, little gosling

You swam so sweetly

Followed in a row


Stay, follow me every where I go..


No, it’s time


Open your wings

You need to stretch,


You need to soar

From shore to shore


Oh my little gosling from before,


I know you can fly

I’ve seen you try


But tell me,

How will I say goodbye?



Little guy, otherwise known as Adam



  1. lizzgracelee

    Hi Jennifer,
    Your poem is beautiful and touching. I really like the way you write and relate it to everyday life and other things. Yours is one of my favourite blogs to read.
    Awesome post!
    Lizz 🙂

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Lizz, thank you so much.
      That means a lot to me. I try to share more than just a poem or a thought or a story. I like to try to layer it.
      It warms my heart to know that you enjoy it.
      That’s what it’s all about.

  2. far but not away

    Hi Jennifer,

    “I wasn’t born for that.”
    It’s amazing… And it’s great he has such an attentive mother listening and findeing the right words.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this moment!

  3. katiekinsman22

    What a wise little man! He knows who he is! Some people spend their entire lives trying to figure out who they are — so he’s WAY AHEAD of the curve!!!

  4. jadereyner

    Every time I read your writings I think that you can’t beat the last one and then you do. I am not a poetry expert by any means, if I write a poem they are very traditional, four line sections of rhyme (I may post one at some point and you’ll see what I mean!), yet somehow you seem to make your poems make sense to a complete numpty like me. I too have a very wise son and although he is twice your boy’s age, he still astounds me with some of the things that he has thought through. Letting them go is hard and next year I will be faced with secondary school and the thought of letting my little boy go is just terrifying.! 🙂

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Thank you so much for your kind words. They are some of the most meaningful to me that I have heard thus far. I appreciate it.
      I find some poetry challenging to follow and understand, beautiful but if I have to spend time studying it afterwards for it to make any sense to me then I find the energy of the poem leaves. I try to keep my poems readable, feelable, for every one to enjoy or at least understand what I’m trying to get across.
      Yes, it gets harder (but also rewarding) every time they reach those milestones doesn’t it!?

  5. Becky

    Adam’s intriguing comment really opens up a discussion of whether we are born FOR anything specific. Goes back a bit to your poem about Parish/Perish…

      • John

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      • Jennifer writingsofamrs

        Yes. I was considering it but I want to ‘document’ my journey and I would like to keep it as basic and low cost as possible.
        I’m a pretty simple girl too. I’m not very artistic or crafty so for now I will stick with something a little more but still a lot less then what it could be.

  6. Katie

    so beautifull truly to be honest the first thing i thought of was a childrens song i cant remember which one but the tune is certainly there beautiful pictures 🙂

  7. Andy

    Young children, unconditioned, are so in tune with themselves.
    What a wise, assured comment from your little one that was. I know where to come to now for insight and counselling.

  8. bethzpix

    I swear, kids are smarter than adults….or maybe it’s that kids follow their natural impulses & adults have learned, to their detriment, to ignore theirs.

  9. pearlz

    A very touching piece, I love reflecting on motherhood too in my writing,and how precious is that relationship between parent and child, and the balance we find as we see them build their wings.

  10. Shell Ochsner

    It’s amazing what we can learn from our children. You have a very special “little guy” there. Your poem is very touching. Thank you for sharing!


    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Hi Shell,
      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment with your thoughts. I love that and I love getting to know the community!
      I indeed have the best little guy that there ever was (in my unbiased opinion of course 😉 )
      Have a great evening.

  11. John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet

    Thank you for visiting my beginning winery and vineyard blog site. This is my second major blog with WordPress and it is slow going since it represents a retirement project of my wife. At age 71 we brought a 30 acre farm in East Texas upon our retirement from a State Farm Insurance agency of 28 years in McKinney, Texas. We are leaving behind a beautiful home sitting on a golf course with a huge pool for this life. Call us crazy!

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Hi John,
      Following your heart and dreams is never crazy especially when wine is involved!
      Although, I can see how leaving a comfortable house on a golf course and a pool behind could be challenging, especially if it was your ‘house full of memories’.
      Best of luck and success with your new venture!

  12. realityenchanted

    So, that’s how you write! Drawing lessons from 5-yr-olds-who-are-wiser-than-their-mums!!! Hmm! Hilariously inspiring. Hehehe.
    Nice piece really. Just thought about how smart children are getting of late too.

  13. Josh

    I’m blown away at how self aware the little guy is. I’m struggling to understand the whole mess in my head so you can understand how I’d be jealous of a 5 year old who’s got it all figured out

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Hi Josh,
      He’s a great little guy if I don’t say so myself 😉 I don’t know if he has all of the answers but he’s getting there 😉
      I hope you find all the answers that you are searching for.

  14. thommya

    Intriguing, speaks of freedoms with cautions … I read this as we finish my son’s college visit. Time flies, and we will soar together… thanks!

  15. Jeanne Webster

    What a precious work of art and a beautiful boy! Your love oozes from the pen! Blessings, young lady.

    Thank you for letting me know you are here by visiting my blog. 🙂

  16. Argus

    An interesting thought about a 5-year-old knowing what he was born for. Puts me in mind of the Leininger family in the US of A, who put together a book about their own infant’s nightmares and the causes thereof. Being a sceptical sort myself I wondered how much they’d made from it …

    ‘Soul Survivor’. Worth a look despite the title …

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