A parable about parenthood and the passage of time.

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A parable about parenthood and the passage of time.

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My daughter recently got married on what turned out to be an absolutely perfect day, and one like no other. I couldn’t help but wonder where all the years had gone, as it was an occasion I had definitely pondered all her life and a very good part of my own.

I remember the moment she was born, watching her first steps and helplessly witnessing that heart-wrenching first fall, her very first words, the first day of school, all the graduations, her learning how to drive and of course that stressful first date.

It was during all these musings that I discovered the following quote by Elizabeth Stone; “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

It inspired me to write the following verse that I would now like to share with every father and mother about the passage of time, who not only have similar memories of their own sons or daughters, but have also experienced the very same thoughts and feelings throughout their parental journeys. I truly hope it makes them smile, laugh, and perhaps even shed a tear.

I Was There

The very moment you were born.

And also when my heart was torn, not from my chest,
but by your unrest from the first fall you took for which,
I felt, I was to blame, and my life was never quite the same.

I was there when you were learning to walk.
And even, as you began to talk.

I was there when you started school.
And felt so cruel, on your first day.
When you tried to run away.

I was there on the nights you were afraid and remember,
when we both prayed, to the lord our souls to keep.
Just, until you fell asleep.

I was there when you rode your first bike.
And simply hoped you’d be all right.
It was when you began to drive, that
I prayed to God you’d arrive alive.

I was there as you left on your first date.
And lay awake, until you came home late.
But, still lived to see you graduate.

I was there when you first left home.
And even when you felt alone,
thanks to a little thing called the phone.

A time will come when I won’t be there.
But, you will forever know, I still care,
when you’re reminded, by the things we share.

It could be the way your hopes and dreams inspire you to compete.
Or when you catch yourself saying something, I use to repeat.
And perhaps when you realize, you’re just as neat.

So, when your laughter reminds you of me.
Always remember, wherever you may be.

Just like a whisper in the wind that can’t be seen,
I’ll still be there, as I‘ve always been.

©2014 Richard Lawrence Belford


About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a nineteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.

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Richard has also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by his stories behind their creation. It is entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later.”

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Richard is actively looking to partner with a publishing company and hopes to have his book published in the near future. He also genuinely hopes that after reading this book people will be inspired to always say; I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.

In the meantime, Richard invites you to follow him on twitter @RichardLBelfordand check out his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford.

He can also be contacted by email at: info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for additional information.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”  

~ Nelson Henderson ~

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