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I WILL MISS YOU MORE

It was their special way to say goodnight…he’s not sure when it started

or how they began to use it whenever they departed…

 

When he was young at bedtime she’d lean down and kiss his forehead…

as she had done the night before

“I will miss you while I’m sleeping.” he’d say

then she would whisper… “But I will miss you more”.

 

It’s funny how a little thing like that…a little thing you hear or see

when done with so much love…imprints in your memory.

 

Even as a teenager when sons and mothers sometimes fight

all would be forgotten when she came to say goodnight

 

When she leaned down to kiss his forehead…

as she had done the night before

When he said, “I will miss you while I’m sleeping.”

and she’d whisper… “But I will miss you more.”

 

Even when he grew up and left the house… even the older he became

after every visit together their message was the same:

 

She would kiss him on his forehead as they stood by her front door

“I will miss you while I am away.” he’d say.

Then she would whisper… “But I will miss you more.”

 

Then came the day no parent and child wants…

a day with tears filling up his eyes

when he sat beside her on her bed…

when he came to say goodbye…

 

He took her frail hand in his and they sat in silence for a while.

She opened her eyes and for a moment between them passed a smile…

 

Then he leaned over and kissed her forehead…

as she had done so many times before….

“I will miss you while I’m sleeping.” she said

 

and he whispered… “But I will miss you more.”


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DREAMS OF TEH PARENT

When your children are born you have your dreams for them 

but you never really know

what direction they will take…

where their life will go.

 

As they grow up those dreams you had…

you quietly erase them

as you allow the dreams they have…

to gradually replace them.

 

And your dream for them becomes more universal

you care less if they are wealthy…

you want them to be loving and generous

to be happy, kind and healthy.

 

I never dreamed our son would do what I did

never wanted him to be like me…

but I am proud of the life he’s chosen

and the person he came to be…

 

Case in point…he sent us a picture 

only a day ago

of him atop an electric scooter 

in San Antonio.

 

Now, I never dreamed he’d ride an electric scooter

never dreamed he’d be in that place…

but often I have dreamed

about that smile on his face…

 

Sure he's not living my initial dream…

how many children do?

but knowing he is living his…

 

has made my dream come true.


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