I sang the next one to my kids constantly when they were growing up ....................
I love words - words have gotten me through some difficult times and they've lifted me up through times of great joy. Through painful separations and new beginnings - heartfelt hello's and heartbreaking good-byes.
And although there were some Valentine's days that I spent alone - I never felt alone, curled up on the couch with a book as my date. Sometimes words can replace roses and chocolates.
I've carried the following poem in my wallet for 30 years now, when it get's too old and crumpled, I type it up again, carefully fold it and put it right back where it belongs.........John and I met when my children were young teenagers so there were years this poem touched my soul and even though he does in fact bring me flowers - I still plant my own garden................
Written by Veronica A. Shoffstall
COMES THE DAWN
After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't mean security
and you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes open
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of fallling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure....
that you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
with every good-bye you learn.
Hoping you have a heart filled day - curled up beside your better half - even if your better half is a glorious
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