Inspirational Stories

Parables, Poems, and People

If I Knew:

The modest little basement Apartment we stayed in had a little window looking out on the path that led up to the roadside where the car was parked. He was going away for more than a week and I was remaining home--there was work to be done; how meaningless it all seems now. He promised he would be back in time for my birthday a week and a half in the future.

I went to the window to see him off, and he paused and looked back at me with a loving smile. A strange feeling came over me--I cannot describe it, and we both hesitated looking into each others eyes for a moment from a short distance; then he turned and climbed the rather steep hillside to the car. Somehow that day I stayed peering out the window so as to see the car, see him get in and shut the door and watch it disappear from the limited area I could view from that window.

I understood the feeling I had that day later; it was some kind of warning--because he never came home again in that car. He  returned in a box after the freak drowning incident that left me a widow. But I can still see him that day, in the view from that little window, smiling lovingly back at me. If I only knew. . .

If I Knew

 If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute or two
to stop and say I love you,
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
And we always get a second chance
to make everything right.

There will always be another day
to say our I love you's,
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do's?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget,

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get
to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear,

Take time to say "I'm sorry, please forgive me,"
"thank you" or "it's okay".
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


Be sure to take time, because None of us really knows . . .