In My Daughter’s Eyes
The song, In My Daughter’s Eyes by Martina McBride, moves me every time I hear it. The words sum up how I feel about being mom to my two beautiful girls.
“In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes.”
I was raised in a home where I was taught I was worthless. I endured much physical and emotional abuse. That became the filter of how I saw the world around me - violent and unsafe.I didn’t understand love. Not until I had my girls. When I held them in my arms and saw how small and vulnerable they were, and when I realized how much they needed me to protect and care for them, I made a commitment that with God’s help, I would never allow them to experience anything of what I did. They never have.
In my daughter's eyes everyone’s equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes
My girls are His gift to me. From the moment I had them, they became my teachers, helping me to move in the world in ways that were contrary to the despair and violence I had known. My girls have taught me that there is nothing greater than respect, kindness and gentleness.
And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about
Their dependence and the way they smile at me with trust and love in their eyes, pushes me forward to be everything I can, to model for them all that’s good in the world.
It's hangin' on when your heart
has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daughter's eyes
Their faith in me gives me hope. Their belief in me to do the right thing, gives me courage to live my best life.
In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes” -- Martina McBride
The best legacy I can leave is for my girls to always know how much I love them. While we’re together I want to do everything to help them live strong, happy and grounded. I want my love to carry them wherever they go, and to remember always how much their mom loved them and maybe one day to know just how much they changed me for the better.
Wishing all of you a very happy Mother’s Day. From my heart to yours……Nikki
Nikki Rosen is the author of In The Eye of Deception