Monday, February 14, 2011
Thinking of you today (and every day…)
charms me, warms me through to the core,
knowing full well you are the reason
why we are and continue moving forward.
You are the reason for all our happiness,
the girls, our nice home, our spirituality,
yes, even delicious food on the table.
You are the reason why I am what I am.
I wanted you to be proud of me.
I wanted your eyes, your gorgeous smile, your consistency,
your warmth, your comfort, and more, always more.
And you gave it, time and time again, without thought,
no matter what I did or what I didn’t do.
You still gave willingly, lovingly, often. It is no wonder
Father made me wait, wander around in my thoughts.
He knew I needed you more than you needed me
to buoy me up during difficult times,
share my odd humor, push me out the door
when I needed it, coo soft words of encouragement,
clap thunderously when I succeeded, even the little ones.
I know I married up, way beyond
my dreams and aspirations. I can only say,
“Thank you, Father. Thank you for sending me
Joanne when I needed her the most.”
Eternity is a long time; but to be with you,
time seems to float like mist on the Snake
in the early morning—yet, at midday, it rises,
surreptitiously disappears into the trees,
and the vista opens to new horizons,
to you and me, far beyond anything we imagined.
Yes, eternity is a long time, and I am willing
to spend it with you, now and forever.
Thank you, Joanne. I love you!
Darrel L. Hammon