I heard a song today that I haven’t heard in years. While beautiful, back then I could not truly relate to the lyrics. Today though, hearing those lyrics brought me to my knees. What would I do if I were granted One More Day with my husband? To wake and see him smiling at me, arms open wide to envelope me in one of his great big bear-hugs.
Most certainly I would pray for time to crawl. No, I’d want it to stand completely still. There would be no television, no radio, no phone, no dogs (maybe later), no interference whatsoever. I would sit on your lap, arms wrapped around you tightly and yes, I would tell you I love you at least a million times. We would laugh. We would cry. We would hold hands again.
Finally after these long unbearable months, I would be able to tell you how sorry I am. So, so sorry for you that you had to leave, so suddenly and without warning. Heartbreakingly sorry for myself, that I – your wife, your lover, your confidant, your very best friend – had to tell them to let you go. As my heart shattered yet again, gripped in the fist of loss, agony and guilt, you would kiss me and hold me and thank me for doing exactly what you asked me to do should the unthinkable happen.
Oh how we would talk. For hours we would remember when? through our years together, with smiles, some OMGoodness I can’t believe we did that(s), laugh-out-loud I’m going to wet my pants laughter, probably a few tears… and not one regret. None. We would talk about our children. The stunts and pranks they pulled as kids. The gray hairs we sprouted during their teen years How very proud we are of each and every one of them, the men and women they have become. How precious and beautiful they are and have always been.
Later, much later, our peace and quiet would be loudly interrupted by the excited barking of our little girl-dogs. Dad’s home, it’s time to play! Especially Mia. Such a Daddy’s girl. Bless her heart, she’s been patiently waiting all this time for you.
As the sun began it’s brilliant descent into dusk, we would leash the girls and hand in hand we would all take one last walk together…
I dream of seeing you again.
Even though it would leave me wishing still
For one more day with you.
What if you were granted one more day with a loved one who has passed away? How would you spend it?