Poem from Ashley
March 12, 2005
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each word, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time to say, "I love you uncle," I would spare the extra minute, instead of assuming you know I do.
If I knew it would be the last day you saw the light, took a breath of fresh air, or even heard birds flying in the wind, I'd share the day with you.
There won't be another day where I could say, "I love you uncle." And certainly there won't be another chance to say, "Anything I could do?" But you know what? Tomorrow is not promised to anyone—young or old alike. And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not today? For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day, that you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or even a kiss, and you were too busy to grant someone what could have turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold the one you love close today and tell them how much you love them. Take some to say, "I'm sorry," "please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay." And if tomorrow comes, you'll have no regrets for today.
By Ashley Perez