Life as a parent is fraught with worries, negotiations and nagging doubts. It’s also peppered with triumphs and pleasant surprises.
A case in point was when I received a text from my daughter last week. It simply said, “You’ve sacrificed everything for us- I love you- check your account.”
Puzzled, I followed her instructions – then burst into tears. She’d deposited some money into my bank account! I wanted to return it immediately, but she flatly refused.
So, I promptly headed off to buy a pair of much-needed winter boots.
Today, I wore them for the first time to work – marveling at how they gripped our first heavy snowfall.ย  Each footfall was an echo of love and an affirmation of- “you must be doing something right“. I’m looking at them now- with a goofy grin on my face.

Footprints in the snow
A fulfillment of day dreams
Outlines of shared love

ยฉVivian Zems


Frank is hosting dVerse tonight with prompt to write a haibun encompassing the theme ‘pleasantly surprised’.