I have to learn to let go. All us moms and dads do. Our kids grow up.
We have done our jobs the best we could. Guided them in ethics and morals, empathy and good manners. How to own their mistakes, atone and apologise. We saw them stumble. We let them fall.
My shortcoming? I didn’t harden my son for the path he has chosen.
I didn’t teach him how to be street-smart. How to fend for himself when surrounded by evil. I didn’t toughen him up for the road ahead.