“If tomorrow never comes will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day that she’s my only one
And if my time on earth were through and she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes”
From If Tomorrow Never Comes sung by Garth Brooks.
It seemed that this was the song playing on every radio station on the day my husband died. For years when and if I heard it played I would immediately be transported back to that dark, awful day and would be close to if not in, tears. I can now listen without the tears but still, remember that day. Fast forward 14 years….
And I have to ask how is it that we recognise other people’s children growing and becoming wise and not our own? Do we still think of them as “our children” even when they are grown and have children of their own?
Recently I was discussing my late husband with a grandson aged 15. He said that he hadn’t known Grampa but he knew from his parents and his aunt and uncle that he was a ‘good guy’ and that he would have liked to have known him.
Feeling in a rather
playful teasing mood I responded that he wasn’t to be trusted as he had promised to love me forever and this wasn’t forever. My son rapidly jumped in to tell us both that this was his father’s forever. He had loved me until he died and would continue to love me forever. Well, I can tell you that brought me up very short and in rapid time. How come this child of mine now knows and sees things that I don’t? All this time I thought I was the teacher and here he is teaching me.
I have had this thought with me for some 14 years – and yes, at the beginning it was an angry thought that over the years has mellowed to be a thought that I had from time to time. My son has now put it into perspective. I have always known that “when the student is ready the teacher will appear” and I know that the teacher can be our special other, friend, peer or as in this case a son.
Although my son doesn’t read my blogs I would like to thank him for this insight. And I really love this quote from Walter M Schirra Sr. His son is much more famous having been on all of America’s first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo). But I should like to know more about WMS Snr.
“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons.
And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out
to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”
Walter M. Schirra, Sr.