December 14, 2011 — Most of us have read or heard about Rudyard Kipling’s famous short poem entitled, “If.” It is rightly celebrated as a conditional code of behavior suggested by a father to his son, and has imbued the word” if” with great weight in our consciousness. What follows is a more contemporary piece by an unknown author, which, while using the same conjunction, expresses a heart’s conditional yearnings.
“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 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, in God’s patient time, we always get a second chance to make everything right.”
Ah! How life would be different but for that little word, “If”