To My Child
Just for this morning, I am going to smile
when I see your
face and laugh when I feel like crying.
Just for this morning, I will let you wake up softly, all rumpled
in your sheets and I will hold you until you are ready for the
Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to
wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.
Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and
pick you up and take you to the park to play.
Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let
you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep
the computer off, and sit with you in the back yard and blow
Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny
grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck,
and I will buy you one if he comes by.
Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going
to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have
made where you are concerned.
Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and
I won't stand over you trying to fix them.
Just for this afternoon, I will take you to McDonalds and buy us
both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.
Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a
story about how you were born, and how much I love you.
Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get
Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the
porch and count the stars.
Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss
my favorite TV show.
Just for this evening, when I run my fingers through your hair
as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the
greatest gift ever given.
I will think about all the mothers who are searching for their
missing children, the mothers who are visiting their children's
graves instead of their bedrooms, and the mothers who are in
hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly, and
screaming inside that they can't handle it anymore, and when
I kiss you goodnight, I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.
It is then I will thank God for you, and ask Him for nothing,
except one more day.