November 7, 2006
If I Knew ...
If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

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
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 just right.

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

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,
and 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.


November 1, 2006
In Honor
Our town lost one of its own in Iraq this past week.

He was buried on Fort Leavenworth, where I am employed and we were asked to come out and stand on the sidewalks to show our support. It was an honor.

It was a very cold morning, but the streets were lined, many places were two or three deep with people, and so many Soldiers. American Flags blowing in the wind. An entire Junior High school of students came out.

I don't think I will EVER forget a few things ...

1. When we saw the procession coming, the absolute, complete, utter silence.

2. The lead police officer frantically wiping the tears running down his cheeks.

3. The deep sadness that many choose NOT to support our Soldiers. We have freedom because of them ... some give little, some give none, and some give ALL.