I believe most of us have a favorite aunt, she’s usually the one you just seem to have a little more in common with, whether it’s because of some similar interests, a shared sense of humor or simply because of the fond memories you have of her as you were growing up.
I had such an aunt, and although it has been over ten years since her passing, I can still recall the sound of her voice like it was yesterday, as well as the way I felt the day of her funeral when one of her favorite songs Remember When by Allan Jackson was being played.
She loved her husband, her four children, her grandchildren, Christmas, Disney, music and life. So, in honor of her memory, I would like to share the following parable I wrote for her family and my uncle prior to spending his first Christmas without her in more than fifty years.
I truly hope its story of love, life, loss and faith inspires those who read it to take a moment to share it, especially on behalf of anyone grieving the loss of their spouse.
We first met and the feelings we would get.
The day that we were wed,
And all the days that lay ahead.
All we had were our dreams of what may come.
The way they kept us young
And although we did not realize every one.
How we felt, achieving some.
We used to fight, especially the times that I was right.
And when Christmas makes you sad.
Be thankful for all the ones we had.
It is said and done, with all the laughter.
And the tears, there was never anyone.
I loved more throughout the years.
Remember when we meet again.
It will be, as it was then.
©2004 Richard Lawrence Belford
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is a father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been on a twenty-year creative journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief.
This creative journey has not only allowed Richard to become a well published Inspirational Writer, but has also afforded him the privilege of sharing his universally heartfelt sentiments with others, sentiments that celebrate life, provide comfort, inspire faith and honor the memory of those dear to our hearts.
He’s also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation. It is entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” and genuinely hopes that those who read it will be inspired to always say;” I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.”
A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson.A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lessonand 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 grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.
Richard’s inspirational parables have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall plaques beautifully designed by Red Photo Art & Imaging that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper, have a UV protective laminate complete with a contemporary black beveled edge.
“Remember When” and many equally inspiring products featuring Richard’s writings can be viewed by visiting his website’s product gallery at the following link: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.php
He hopes to have his book published in the near future and is not only looking to partner with a suitable publishing company, but also with a designer, manufacturer and international wholesale canvas wall décor distributor.
In the meantime, he invites you to follow him on twitter @RichardLBelford and check out his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford. Richard can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for further information.