This poem has been around for a long time, but I came across it again on a sheet that was shuffled together with other collected papers.
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.
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 love 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, That you love them very much and 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.
Norma Cornett Marek