he held my hands gently,
took me into his arms,
gave me a hug that was assuring,
and planted a kiss on my forehead.
he knew i was shrinking.
deep within, he was equally pained.
but, beyond his pain,
he gave me strength.
my smile was all that mattered.
so, he whispered into my ears.
“i shall always be your hero,
and never let you down”