This is a beautifully poignant poem published 8 August on a blog I follow , Memory Bears by Bonnie. Thank you Bonnie. The ‘If only’s’ one hears, or are so often said when someone dies or gets so sick you can no longer tell them how much they meant to you, or how much you love them are painful.The poem below captures this well, and I hope you’ll head over to Bonnie’s site to have a look at her bears too.
I think they are a wonderful idea, and could be developed further as memory bears to give your children’s babies, made out of old clothing belonging to your own child (hint hint Bonnie!). At his request a few years ago, I have kept one of my sons ‘cuddlies’ (a cloth he used to snuggle up with to go to sleep) and I’d love to have that make into a bear for his first child one day.
So, no more of the ‘if-word’ for me… I love you all!
If I had known how quickly life goes by,
I would have paid more attention.
If I had known how fleeting time can be,
I would have lived in the moment.
If I had known how soon we’d say goodbye,
I would have held you closer.
If I had known how much I would care for you,
I would have loved you sooner.
“If”…is a big word. “If” is a reflection on how it could have been…what you could have done. It seems there is always room for improvement when looking back. Perhaps there is…perhaps not. Perfection is not available in this life. Read more…