As we head into the summer months that traditionally allow parents more time to spend with their kids, please consider sharing this heartfelt message in the hope that it makes them smile, laugh and perhaps shed a tear.

My daughter got married on what turned out to be an absolutely perfect day, and one like no other. I couldn’t help but wonder where all the years had gone, as it was an occasion I had definitely pondered all her life and a very good part of my own.

I remember the moment she was born, watching her first steps and helplessly witnessing that heart-wrenching first fall, her very first words, the first day of school, all the graduations, her learning how to drive and of course that stressful first date.

It was during all these musings that I read the following quote by Elizabeth Stone; ”Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

It inspired me to write the following parable that I would like to share with every father and mother about the passage of time, who not only have similar memories of their own sons or daughters, but have also experienced the same thoughts and feelings throughout their parental journeys.

I Was There

The very moment you were born. And also when my heart was torn, not from my chest, but by your unrest from the first fall you took for which, I felt I was to blame. And my life was never quite the same.

I was there; when you were learning to walk. And even, as you began to talk.

I was there; when you started school. And felt so cruel, on your first day. When you tried to run away.

I was there on the nights you were afraid and remember, when we both prayed to the lord our souls to keep. Just, until you fell asleep.

I was there; when you rode your first bike. And simply hoped you’d be all right. It was when you began to drive, that I prayed to God you’d arrive alive.

I was there as you left on your first date. And lay awake, until you came home late. But, still lived to see you graduate.

I was there; when you first left home. And even when you felt alone, thanks to a little thing called the phone.

A time will come when I won’t be there. But, you will forever know, I still care, when you’re reminded, by the things we share. It could be the way your hopes and dreams inspire you to compete. Or when you catch yourself saying something, I use to repeat. And perhaps when you realize, you’re just as neat.

So, when your laughter reminds you of me. Always remember, wherever you may be. Just like a whisper in the wind that can’t be seen, I’ll still be there, as I’ve always been.

By Richard Lawrence Belford

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson ~

About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is the author of “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” an inspirational book about #life #love and #loss whose parables honor the memory of those dear to our heart. A parable is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson.

The book is available worldwide on amazon in a paperback or kindle edition. It can also be purchased in the United States at barnesandnoble.com and www.chapters.indigo.ca in Canada or from the Centering Corporation & Grief Digest magazine’s grief resource library.

Richard invites you to follow him on Instagram and Twitter, like his Author’s Facebook Page or visit the “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later Facebook Support Group” and join the increasing number of people who believe this book will inspire you to always say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye!”

* If you would like further information please visit: www.RichardLawrenceBelford.ca. #inspiring #belief #faith #hope.

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